One referee should be a person of professional standing. The acceptable professions are listed in the table at the end of this page.
The other referee must be a British citizen (holder of a British passport), and either a professional person or over the age of 25.
Referees should not:
♠ be related to the applicant
♠ be related to the other referee
♠ be the applicant’s solicitor or agent representing him or her with the application
♠ be employed by the Home Office
♠ have been convicted of an imprisonable offence during the past 10 years for which the sentence is not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
If the applicant is living overseas, and does not know a British citizen passport holder who is a professional person or over the age of 25, a Commonwealth citizen or citizen of the country in which he or she is residing may complete and sign the form, provided:
♠ he/she is over 25 or has a professional standing in that country and
♠ has known the applicant for three years, and
♠ the Consul considers his/her signature to be acceptable.
For a child application one referee should be someone who has engaged with the child in a professional capacity, such as a doctor, teacher, health visitor, social worker or minister of religion. The other referee must be the holder of a British citizen passport, and either a professional person or over the age of 25.
Did you know an immigration minister once said citizenship is a privilege, not a right. As such it’s granted at the Secretary of State’s discretion and, if refused, there’s no right of appeal. Getting legal advice and representation may help you maximise your chances of success.