New Home Office Policy Guidance for British Nationality

October 16, 2017

The Home Office today published a new collection of guidance documents used by the UK Visas and Immigration service when deciding applications for British nationality. These seem to have replaced the Nationality Instructions with, it seems, no guidance on what has been carried over, changed or dropped from the Nationality Instructions:


Section 1: Requirements and considerations common to all types of British nationality


This section contains information on common aspects of nationality policy and processes that apply to the applications for all types of British nationality.


Adoption: nationality policy guidance


Assessing ordinary residence: nationality policy guidance


Domicile: nationality policy guidance


British nationals: nationality policy guidance


Deprivation and nullity of British citizenship: nationality policy guidance


Full capacity requirement: nationality policy guidance


Good character: nationality policy guidance


Identity: nationality policy guidance


Renunciation of all types of British nationality: nationality policy guidance


Surrogacy: nationality policy guidance


Children of unmarried parents: nationality procedure guidance


Level of decision making: nationality procedure guidance


Passports (handling): nationality procedure guidance


Priority treatment requests: nationality procedure guidance


Section 2: British citizenship


This section contains guidance on how to consider an application to naturalise, or register as a British citizen.


Automatic acquisition: nationality policy guidance


British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997: nationality policy guidance


Children of British parents: nationality policy guidance


Children: nationality policy guidance


Renunciation of British citizenship: nationality policy guidance


Naturalisation as a British citizen by discretion: nationality policy guidance


Other British nationals: nationality policy guidance


Stateless persons: nationality policy guidance


Section 3: Right of Abode


This section contains guidance on how to consider whether an individual has the right of abode in the UK.


Right of abode: nationality policy guidance


Section 4: British overseas territories citizens (BOTC)


This section contains guidance on how to consider an application to naturalise or register as a British overseas territories citizen.


Automatic acquisition – BOTC: nationality policy guidance


British overseas territories citizens – descent: nationality policy guidance


Naturalisation as a BOTC: nationality policy guidance


Registration as a BOTC – children: nationality policy guidance


Registration as a BOTC – following renunciation: nationality policy guidance


Registration as a BOTC – stateless: nationality policy guidance


Section 5: British overseas citizens


This section contains guidance on how to consider an application to naturalise or register as a British overseas citizen.


British overseas citizens: nationality policy guidance


Section 6: British subjects


This section contains guidance on British subject status.


British subjects: nationality policy guidance


Section 7: British nationals overseas


This section contains guidance on British nationals overseas.


British nationals (overseas): nationality policy guidance


Section 8: British protected persons


This section contains guidance on British protected persons.


British protected persons: nationality policy guidance


These documents are an essential read for anyone intending to go through this process. Applications concerning British nationality  attract exorbitant Home Office fees and some pre-application research may go some way to avoiding the financial hit of a refusal. Some research is required on our part too, the above guidance has been published just prior to our new Naturalisation Guide, which will now need some editing…thanks Home Office!