Referee Requirements for British Citizenship

Referee Requirements for British Citizenship

Seeking British citizenship demands meticulous attention to detail, especially concerning referees included in your application. Their presence affirms your identity, facilitating the Home Office’s validation of genuine applicants.

Criteria for Referee Selection

Duration of Acquaintance:

  • Referees should have known the applicant for at least three years.

Professional Standing: 

  • One referee must possess a recognised professional standing. The Home Office provides an exhaustive list of eligible professions. This referee can belong to any nationality and isn’t mandated to be a British citizen.

Second Referee Stipulations:

  • Must be a British citizen with a valid passport.
  • Should either have a professional designation or be above 25 years old.
  • Must have known the adult applicant for at least three years.


  • Referees should neither be linked to the applicant nor the other referee, employed by the Home Office, serve as the applicant’s agent, nor have any criminal convictions in the last decade that are not aligned with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act of 1974.

Excluded From Being a Referee?

Besides the explicit criteria defining an ideal referee, it’s vital to recognise exclusions. Excluded are relatives, the other referee’s family members, legal representatives handling your citizenship application, or anyone convicted and not rehabilitated under the above act within the last ten years.

Referee’s Required Information

Referees should provide the following details:

  • Full name
  • Date of Birth
  • Address history (past three years)
  • Contact details (phone and email)
  • Profession
  • British passport details (if applicable)
  • Description of their relationship with the applicant

Child Applications Referee Eligibility:

For minors applying for British citizenship, at least one referee should have a professional relationship with the child (e.g., teachers, doctors, or public health nurses). Two referees meeting adult application criteria might be considered if such a referee is unattainable despite genuine efforts.

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