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Old 21st June 2013, 08:29 AM
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Hi everyone what a great forum this is!

Can anyone tell me the waiting time for British citizenship once all the documents have been submitted? I know it says "up to 6 months" but wondering if anyone has experienced hopefully a shorter period of time?

It's for my grandson who is only 15 months old and therefore will not need any interview or ceremony (bit young to sing god save the queen) haha!

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It may be as short as 2-3 months. It seems to vary widely though. You get acknowledgement within days and your fees are collected (by a commercial firm), and then you have to wait until you hear from them again, usually by letter with your documents returned.

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Thanks very much for that! 2 - 3 months would be good...

Do you think it's a good idea to use one of the document checking places which they have listed? Also can we hand in copies or do they have to be certified?

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It's up to you. For 40 or so (fees vary), some people appear to have been processed more quickly, but others don't seem to experience any advantage. At least they will read through your application and point out any errors or ambiguities (staff are trained by UKBA) and your supporting documents, which must be originals, after being copied, are returned there and then.
Do you have suitable referees lined up?


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Ok thanks will make sure we have originals then.

My grandson is currently in Zimbabwe and we have one friend who is a Chartered Accountant who has a British passport. The other I thought perhaps the doctor that delivered him (although he will have a Zimbabwean passport) will this surffice?

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If you apply for his naturalisation in UK, as you seem to be doing, they normally expect both referees to be British or Irish citizens living in UK. Only those who apply through British consulate overseas can usually have a referee living abroad without British/Irish passport.

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The problem is he is only 15 months old and has never been to the uk.

On the website it says that when sending an application from "other" countries as they put it, it has to go to Liverpool. Can you please confirm this?

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Are you applying for registration as British citizen? Then all applications go to Liverpool. Typical timescale is 3-4 months.
What is his claim to British citizenship?

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Yes we are applying to register him as a British citizen.

My son is British by descent (through me) but has lived in the uk for more than 3 years prior to my grandsons birth.

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I see. So you are applying under section 3(2) of British Nationality Act of 1981. He will then become British by descent. If there is a chance your grandchild may return to live in the United Kingdom before he gets to the age of 15, you should consider whether it would be in his best interests to apply under section 3(5) at a later date, when he becomes British otherwise than by descent with transmissible nationality. Once he becomes British by descent, his status will remain for life and can never be changed.

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