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Who can be a Referee for British Citizenship?

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    Referee for British Citizenship

    When you make an application for British citizenship, you’ll need to include two referees on the application form. This confirms your identity, helping the Home Office establish the application is being made for a genuine person.

    If you’re making an application for British citizenship, it’s important to remember that not everyone can be a referee. Those providing a reference must meet the criteria set out by the Home Office, so it’s important to know who is eligible to avoid any issues once your application is submitted.

    For both references, the referee must have known the applicant for at least 3 years, however there are a number of professional qualifications and other requirements that must also be met.

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    Professional standing

    The rules on British citizenship state that at least one of the referees you include on your application should be of a professional standing. The list of accepted professions is on the government’s website here.

    This referee can be of any nationality and does not need to be a British citizen to provide a reference for your application.

    Nationality, age and profession

    The requirements for the second referee is slightly different. For this, the referee will need to be:

    • A British citizen possessing a British passport
    • Either a professional person or over the age of 25
    • Have known the adult candidate for at least three years.

    Along with the aforementioned, the referees must not:

    • Be connected to the applicant or the other referee
    • Act as the applicant’s agent
    • Work for the Home Office
    • In the past ten years, have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for which the sentence was not served in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act of 1974.

    To avoid jeopardising or delaying your application, make sure your referees meet these requirements.

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      Who cannot be a referee for British Citizenship?

      As well as the criteria which sets out who can be a referee, there are also rules that govern who can’t. For example, your referee cannot be someone you’re related to, nor can they be related to the other referee.

      It is also prohibited to include a solicitor or legal representative who is managing your application for British citizenship, and your referee must not work at or employed by the Home- Office.

      Finally, anyone who has faced a prison sentence in the past 10 years whose conviction hasn’t been spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will not be allowed to act as your referee on your application.

      If you include anyone who falls under the above categories then the Home Office representative dealing with your file will contact you and ask you to include a different referee. This will delay your application, so to avoid adding any waiting time make sure you only include those who are eligible.

      What information does the referee need to give?

      The referees must provide a range of information when providing their reference. The following must be included:

      • Full name
      • DOB
      • Addresses for last 3 years
      • Telephone number
      • Profession
      • Email address
      • British passport number (if they hold one)
      • How they know the applicant

      All of this information should be supplied by the referee to the applicant, who will then use it to complete the relevant sections on the application form.

      If the referee does not meet the requirements

      The guidance specifies that if a referee does not satisfy the aforementioned specifications, the Home Office caseworker must request that the applicant submit a different referee. Application applicants should make sure they only include information about referees who are qualified to review their application because doing otherwise might cause delays.

      Referees are necessary for a successful application, so it’s crucial for anyone looking to apply for British citizenship to first think about their capacity to give referees who satisfy the aforementioned standards.

      Who is eligible to act as a referee for child applications?

      At least one of associate members of the reviewers must have worked with the child professionally in the case of child applicants who are attempting to register as British citizens. Teachers, social workers, physicians, and health visitors are included in this.

      The Home Office will accept two referees who satisfy the requirements for referees on adult applications if it is not possible to obtain a suitable referee who has interacted with the kid in a professional capacity but proof is supplied that attempts were made to do so.

      How can Manchester Immigration Lawyers help me?

      Making an application for British citizenship can be a complex and confusing process, which is why our experts are always available to help. Our team of lawyers are experts in all aspects of immigration law, and we have years of experience in helping people just like you complete their application for British citizenship.

      We have a range of different packages available, but if you require someone to guide you through the application process, we’ll help you every step of the way. From filling out the application form to the highest possible standard, to making sure all of your supporting evidence is submitted, our team of lawyers will make applying for British citizenship as painless as possible, helping you to get the decision you deserve. For more information, call us today on 0161 532 7794

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