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Navigating the British Naturalisation Process: The Role of Referees

Individuals embarking on the journey towards British Naturalisation often encounter the requirement for referees as part of their application process. Applicants are obliged to provide the names of two referees who can vouch for their identity. These referees must have a personal acquaintance with the applicant spanning at least three years. However, there are specific criteria to be met, and potential referees must not fall into certain categories:

Not a Relative: Referees cannot be a family member of the applicant.
Not a Solicitor or Agent: Individuals representing the applicant as a solicitor or agent are ineligible to serve as referees.
Not Employed by the Home Office: Referees should not be affiliated with the Home Office as employees.

Moreover, potential referees are disqualified if they have a criminal conviction within the last ten years unless a designated 'rehabilitation period' has lapsed. For instance, a fine incurs a rehabilitation period of one year.

Choosing Your Referees

When selecting referees, applicants must consider the following criteria:

Professional Standing: One referee should possess 'professional standing,' such as a civil servant. Please see below examples.
British Passport Holder: The other referee should be a British passport holder and either possess professional standing or be over the age of 25.

Acceptable Professional Persons

The Home Office provides a list of 'acceptable professional persons' who can serve as referees. This list includes:

  • Accountant

  • Airline Pilot

  • Articled Clerk of a Limited Company

  • Assurance Agent of Recognised Company

  • Bank or Building Society Official

  • Barrister

  • British Computer Society (BCS) Members – Associate (AMBCS), Member (MBCS), Fellow (FBCS)

  • Broker

  • Chairman or Director of Limited Company

  • Chemist

  • Chiropodist

  • Christian Science Practitioner

  • Commissioner for Oaths

  • Councillor: Local or County

  • Civil Servant (Permanent)

  • Dentist

  • Designated Premises Supervisors

  • Director or Manager of a VAT Registered Charity

  • Director, Manager, or Personnel Officer of a VAT Registered Company

  • Driving Instructor (Approved)

  • Engineer (with Professional Qualifications)

  • Fire Service Official

  • Funeral Director

  • Insurance Agent (Full Time) of a Recognised Company

  • Journalist

  • Justice of the Peace

  • Legal Secretary (Members and Fellows of the Institute of Legal Secretaries)

  • Local Government Officer

  • Manager or Personnel Officer (of Limited Company)

  • Member of Parliament

  • Member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces

  • Merchant Navy Officer

  • Minister of a Recognised Religion

  • Nurse (RN, SEN, or Holder of a BA in Nursing)

  • Officer of the Armed Services (Active or Retired)

  • Optician

  • Paralegal (Certified or Qualified Paralegals, and Associate Members of the Institute of Paralegals)

  • Person with Honours (such as OBE, MBE, etc.)

  • Personal Licensee Holders

  • Photographer (Professional)

  • Police Officer

  • Post Office Official

  • President or Secretary of a Recognised Organisation

  • Salvation Army Officer

  • Social Worker

  • Solicitor

  • Surveyor

  • Teacher, Lecturer

  • Trade Union Officer

  • Travel Agency (Qualified)

  • Valuers and Auctioneers (Fellow and Associate Members of the Incorporated Society)

  • Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers

  • Veterinarian

  • Chartered Secretary

  • Environmental Health Officer

  • Information Technology Professional (with relevant qualifications)

  • Notary Public

By ensuring that your chosen referees meet these criteria, you can facilitate a smoother and more efficient British Naturalisation application process.

If you are considering applying for British Naturalisation, you can get in touch with us to ensure a secure application process.

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