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Changes to British nationality applications made outside UK

UK Border Agency has changed the procedure for British nationality applications made outside the UK.

From now on, if you are applying for British nationality from outside the UK you must send your application form to:
UK Border Agency
PO BOX 306
Liverpool
United Kingdom
L2 OQN

Applications for British nationality can no longer be submitted to the British High Commission or British Consulate in your country.

Only residents in Hong Kong should continue to submit their application at their British High Commission or British Consulate.

You must pay your application fee by completing a payment slip and sending it to the UK Border Agency along with your application form and supporting documents.

If the UK Border Agency needs to contact you about your application they will contact you by e-mail. You must therefore provide your e-mail address on your application form.

If you do not provide your email address the processing of your application may be delayed. If they are unable to contact you be email they will write to you via your nearest British High Commission or British Consulate.

All documents submitted in support of your application must, where possible, be originals. UK Border Agency strongly recommends that you send your documents via courier service to ensure they receive them safely.

If you cannot send your original passport, because the authorities of your country do not allow passports to cross national borders, you should send a complete copy of your passport that has been certified by a local notary or equivalent.

The countries affected by this are: Afghanistan; Albania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Georgia; Iran; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Libya; North Korea; Morocco; Pakistan; Russia; Tajikistan; Tunisia; Turkmenistan; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; and Western Sahara.

If you submit a copy of your passport, you may be asked to provide or present the original document to one of the UK Border Agency staff, in your country, for verification.

Once the UK Border Agency has made a decision on your application, your nearest British High Commission or British Consulate will contact you.

If you are applying to naturalise as a British citizen, your nearest British High Commission or British Consulate will contact you about your citizenship ceremony, if applicable, and completing the process of naturalisation.

You will be presented with your citizenship certificate at your citizenship ceremony.

If you are not required to attend a citizenship ceremony, your nearest British High Commission or British Consulate will contact you about collecting your citizenship certificate.

Once the UK Border Agency has made a decision on your application your British High Commission or British Embassy will return your documents. If you are applying for naturalisation, your documents may be presented to you at your citizenship ceremony. If you need your documents to be returned more quickly please see the UK Border Agency Return of documents page.
 

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