Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Policy for Nationality Applications in the UK

As of the summer of 2012, those applying for British citizenship outside the UK should send their applications to the UK Border Agency in Liverpool, England for processing. It is no longer possible to submit applications to the British high commissions or consulates in countries around the world. The only exception to this rule is in Hong Kong, where applications will continue to be accepted as before.

All documents submitted in support of applications should be originals where possible. You should make every effort to make sure that they are sent in a secure way. If not provided the necessary documentation, your application will be delayed and may fail.

Citizens of different countries are not allowed to send their passports abroad by mail. These countries are

• Afghanistan
• Albania
• Armenia
• Azerbaijan
• Belarus
• Georgia
• Iran
• Kazakhstan
• Kyrgyzstan
• Libya
• North Korea
• Morocco
• Pakistan
• Russia
• Tajikistan
• Tunisia
• Turkmenistan
• Ukraine
• Uzbekistan
• Western Sahara

Citizens of these countries should get a copy and certified by a notary or lawyer. One time the decision is taken by the local British High Commission or British Consulate will contact you. If successful, you may need to attend a citizenship ceremony where their records will be returned.

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