Under the British Nationality Act 1981 it is possible for individuals from a non-UK country to apply for British nationality. Individuals can apply for a certificate Naturalisation which is issued by the UK Border Agency if they meet strict criteria set by the UK government. Once the certificate has been issued it grants the individual the same rights as an individual who was born as a British national. This means the certificate can be used by individuals to apply for a UK passport.
What Information is Included in the Certificate?
The certificate of Naturalisation follows a standard format and displays details about the individual who has been granted British nationality. Generally, the certificate will show the following information:
- Full Name
- Name at Birth if Different
- Date of Birth
- Place and Country of Birth
- Certificate Number
- Reference Number
- Date of Issue
It is important to ensure the details on the certificate are correct at the time of issue as the UK government charge for amending documents and issuing replacement certificates.
How to Legalise the Document With the Apostille?
The original certificate of naturalisation cannot be altered in any manner or it will render the certificate invalid. If you require your certificate to be legalised as proof of your nationality for overseas authorities you will need to have a certified copy processed. You can post the original document to our office and we can arrange for a solicitor to make a certified photocopy and issue the apostille to the copy document. Our apostille and solicitor certification service ensures your original document is returned to you intact and still valid.
We are not able to assist with applying for certificates of naturalisation, obtaining official copies or providing guidance on the application process.