Passportia – British Citizenship Specialists

British Passport

We help people to acquire or prove British Citizenship and obtain a British Passport, often through an ancestral or residential link with the UK or British colonial territory.

A person may apply to become a British citizen by registration. The application must made under a specific category, with its own form, fee, set of requirements and long term implications.  A few categories require residence in the UK.  There are hundreds of circumstances under which a person may potentially qualify, many being through a parent or grandparent or colonial connection. Each situation has to be assessed individually. There are 18 main categories.

A person born in the UK after 1982 who did not become a British citizen at birth and:

  • whose mother or father acquired indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence in the UK after the birth, or
  • who was resident in the UK from birth to the age of 10 years old, or
  • who has been stateless (had no other citizenship).

A person still aged under 18 years who did not become a British citizen at birth and:

  • who is living in the UK without time restriction and has been living lawfully for at least 3 years, or
  • whose father was a British citizen at their birth (before July 2006) and never married the mother, or
  • whose mother or father was a British citizen at their birth and that parent resided in the UK or a British overseas territory for 3 years before the birth, or
  • whose mother or father was a British citizen at their birth and that person and both parents resided in the UK or a British overseas territory for 3 years prior to the application, or
  • who is stateless (has no citizenship) and whose mother or father was a British citizen at their birth, or
  • whose parent is a British citizen and has been in service for the UK government or the British armed forces, or
  • whose mother or father is a British citizen and the family has maintained close links with the UK, the UK government or business in the UK, or
  • the applicant needs British citizenship to pursue a career in the UK, on compassionate grounds or for some special reason.

A person:

  • born before July 2006 and who would have automatically become a British citizen had his or her parents been married to each other, or,
  • born before 1983 and who would have automatically become a British citizen in 1983 had his or her mother been treated as a married male under the law in force before 1983, or,
  • who is a British Overseas citizen, British subject, British National (Overseas) or British protected person and has no other citizenship, or
  • who renounced British citizenship or pre-1983 citizenship of the United Kingdom and Colonies and has a connection with the UK or remaining British Overseas territory, or
  • who is a British overseas territories citizen who did not automatically become a British citizen on 24 February 2002.

An application can be made by a parent on behalf of a child aged under 18 years.

Registration is usually cheaper and easier than naturalisation, and there is no need to take a Life in the UK Test or English language test , or in most cases, to have lived or worked in the UK or a British territory.

People who become British citizens under some categories may in some cases be able to pass on British citizenship to children aged less than 18 years through discretionary registration.

Passportia can find out if you qualify, and then prepare and submit your application with an opinion to get you a British Passport with the best possible chances and least hassle.

For an initial evaluation phone +1 (305) 770 6530 or Request Evaluation

Good Character Requirement

Almost all registration categories have a good character requirement. In practice this is applied to anyone aged over 10 years. A person who has in the last 10 years been bancrupted, has had a criminal conviction or has a charge pending, has been the subject of a civil action (lawsuit), who has not paid tax due or resided in the UK unlawfully, may fail the good character test.  The policies on good character are complex and evolving, and allow for exceptions.

How Passportia Works

  • You provide us with information on your history or your family history, ideally using the Evaluation Form on our website
  • We make a free informal evaluation of your citizenship prospects within 5 days. If we are confident that we can get you citizenship, then we provide a fixed price quote
  • If you wish to proceed, then we will work through the following steps:
    1. We email you an agreement for signature. This lists all the documents that should be needed.
    2. You send us these documents and deposit the fee in our Client Escrow Account.
    3. We prepare the application forms, evidence dossier and a legal opinion to significantly increase your chances of success.
    4. We submit the application to the government and handle all inevitable queries.
    5. Following the government decision we send you your new citizenship certificate or passport and the documents you had supplied.

Our agreement includes a “no win no fee” option for an extra 33% of the quoted fee. If we proceed on a “no win no fee” basis and the application fails, then we refund the amount you deposited in our Client Escrow Account, less £100.

Our success rate is over 90% for citizenship claims. This includes notoriously difficult discretionary applications for adopted children. Please view our many testimonials from satisfied clients.

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Passportia is a specialist citizenship advice firm independent of the UK government and regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner. Legal advice on how to demonstrate and substantiate a claim cannot be obtained from the government.

You may have a right to a British Passport

In a nutshell…

British Nationals can claim a British Passport and enjoy many benefits, including the right to live and work in the UK.

You can be a British National from birth, even if you have never had a UK Passport and never visited the UK.

In order to use your British Citizenship, it must be recognised by the UK government.

Your claim can be simple or complex. We specialise in helping people who have potentially complex claims to British Citizenship.

Was an application you made in the past refused?

It is sometimes possible to appeal against a refusal. An administrative review of a UK application can be lodged at any time, even for an application made years ago. An application for review has to be very well presented and argued. Also, changes to the law may mean that an application previously refused might may now qualify.

Contact Us

For an initial evaluation phone +1 (305) 770 6530 or Request Evaluation