Criteria of referees for nationality application

A British citizenship application requires a migrant to submit details of two referees who should have known him/her personally for at least 3 years.

It is not necessary for both referees to be British. The first referee can be a person of any nationality, of professional standing, for example, a minister of religion, a civil servant or a member of a professional body, an accountant or a solicitor.

The second referee must be a British citizen who is either a ‘professional’ or over the age of 25.

Please note that referees must NOT be related to the applicant, be the solicitor or agent listed in the application, or a family member of the other referee, employed by the Home Office, or convicted of an imprisonable offence.

Referees must be willing to provide full details of their knowledge of the migrant as well as disclose to the Home Office any reason why the application should not be approved.

Referees have to sign the following declaration:

Applicants must provide a recent passport size photo of themselves with the application. For the requirements of passport photo, please refer to the GOV.UK website:

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