A person might have automatically become a British citizen (or other British national) at birth or later without anyone having done anything. This is usually through a parent who was a citizen or birth in the UK or a British territory . If the person was issued with a British passport after 1982 then they have useful official proof of British nationality and can normally obtain a new British passport. If not, then the claim must be proven. Even renewal of a British passport may require proving the nationality stated in the old passport.

It is also possible that a person is eligible to become a British citizen (or other British national) by application. If the application is successful then the person becomes a British citizen by grant and is issued with a certificate.

Our evaluation process will explore all the legal options available you and will produce a Nationality Report. The possibilities for an automatic or ancestral claim to citizenship are described at Automatic and Ancestral Claims to British Nationality and the possibilities for applying for a grant of citizenship are described at Categories for Registering as a British Citizen and Naturalisation as a British Citizen.  For this process we use the AORA Nationality Determiner system which has modelled the applicable nationality laws and tests every possibility. 

If you believe you have a claim to British citizenship then submit your details in the form below  and purchase an evaluation and report.

What Passportia Does to Establish a Claim for Registration

  1. We normally follow this process:
    Find out if you (or your child or spouse) are already a British citizen or another type of British national. This entails a thorough investigation of family history (known as a “Status Trace”) performed by our system to find if any acquisition rules benefitted your case. This normally happens in three steps:
    1. Conduct an evaluation and prepare a Nationality Report which includes a Status Trace explaining how the client is an existing British citizen or other British national by reference to all applicable facts  rules of law and evidence.
    2. If outcome is positive, prepare and make application legal argument and supporting evidence to the Home Office (branch of the UK government handling nationality) for official recognition.
    3. If the application succeeds, the Home Office issues a certificate confirming recognition of the person’s nationality. This can then be used to obtain a British passport.
  2. Find out if you (or your child or spouse) qualify for registration as a British citizen or other British national. This process also entails a Status Trace and thorough investigation of the applicable rules as follows:
    1. Conduct an evaluation and identify any application category the client qualifies for and which has the lowest Home Office fee (fees range from under £100 to over £750).
    2. Prepare a Nationality Reportwhich includes a legal opinion explaining why the applicant qualifies for registration by reference to all applicable facts rules of law and evidence.
    3. If outcome is positive, prepare and make If outcome is positive, prepare and make an application application to the Home Office for registration with legal argument and supporting evidence.
    4. If the application succeeds the Home Office registers the person as a British citizen and issues a certificate, which can be used to obtain a British passport.

If you would like us to establish your claim to British nationality then submit your details in the form below and purchase an evaluation and report.

Was an application you made refused?

It is possible to appeal against a refusal, though some types of review must be lodged within a time limit. An “administrative review” can be lodged at any time, even for an application made many years ago. This can even be done for categories limited to minors even though the applicant is aged well over 17 years.

A review is only likely to succeed if it can be proven that the refusal was made on the wrong grounds or if new evidence is supplied or in some cases if current policies are more favourable. An application for review has to be very well presented and argued to have a reasonable chance of success.

Read more about our services for citizenship and nationality appeals or submit your details in the form below and request an evaluation.

PASSPORTIA IS

  • A citizenship law specialist
  • Successful with complex claims
  • Supporting multiple countries
  • Fast, flexible and precise

About Passportia

I am thrilled I have been approved. Thank you for your help, guidance and wisdom in the application process.

V.C. - British Columbia, Canada, 2014