The British overseas territories citizens (BOTC), British Nationals (Overseas) (BNO), British Overseas citizens (BOC) and British subjects can apply to register as British Citizens if they meet the requirements of Section 4(5) of BNA 1981. Registration under s.4(5) gives British citizenship otherwise than by descent. Applications under s.4(5) should normally be made on Form B(OTA).
A person, whether an adult or a minor, who is a British overseas territories citizen, British National (Overseas), British Overseas citizen, British subject under the 1981 Act or a British protected person may be registered as a British citizen at the Home Secretary's discretion under s.4(5) of the British Nationality Act 1981. The Home Secretary needs to:
- be satisfied that the applicant has at any time served in service to which s.4(5) applies; and
- think it fitting in the special circumstances of the applicant's case
- be satisfied that they are of good character (this applies to applications made after 4 December 2006 on behalf of a person over the age of 10)
Section 4(6) explains that s.4(5) applies to:
- Crown service under the government of a British overseas territory
- other paid or unpaid service as a member of a body established by law in a British overseas territory, members of which are appointed by or on behalf of the Crown.
Our expert team of nationality law solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham can represent you in your application for registration as a British Citizen and carry out all the work on your British Citizenship application until a decision on your application is recieved from the Home Office UKVI. As part of our professional legal services in relation to your application for registration as a British Citizen, our specialist team of immigration solicitors will carry out the following immigration casework:
- We will assess your eligibility for registration as a British Citizen by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history;
- We will advise you on the chances of success in your application for registration as a British Citizen and would draw your attention to any weaknesses in your application;
- We will advise you on the list of documents to be submitted in support of your application for registration as a British Citizen;
- We will assess all the supporting documents to ensure that the documents you provide duly satisfy the Home Office UKVI requirements for registration as a British Citizen;
- We will complete the relevant application form online for your registration as a British citizen, submit the same online, help you pay the Home Office UKVI fee for the application and schedule your appointment with the application centre for enrolment of your biometrics;
- We will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the application explaining in detail your eligibility for registration as a British Citizen by referring to all the relevant information, documents, laws and requirements;
- We will upload all the supporting documents online to be considered in support of the application including our cover letter prepared to suppport your application;
- We will carry out all the work on your application for registration as a British Citizen until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI on your application.
Unless your application is very complicated, our fees for an application for registration as a British Citizen are given in the fee table below:
|Our Service||Our Fee|
|One-off immigration consultation/advice for registration as a British Citizen||£80 (inclusive of VAT)|
|One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment||£240 (inclusive of VAT)|
|Full service for registration as a British Citizen to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI||From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT|
The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your registration application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for registration application, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the registration application.