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British Citizenship

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 14 July (WA 146), and having regard to paragraph 6.3.1.1 of the Home Office Nationality Instructions, why an application for British nationality made at a British consular post abroad cannot be accepted if it includes the necessary information to constitute a valid application and the applicant has paid or offers to pay the relevant fee but it is not made on an application form. [HL7060]

It has traditionally been our practice in consular sections overseas to accept only British nationality applications made on the relevant application form. However, the Nationality Directorate of the Home Office has informed us recently that, although it prefers applicants to use the appropriate form, there is no requirement to do so provided that the applicant has provided all the necessary information on which a decision is based.