So, how does a South African apply for a British passport? This article will discuss everything you need to know about applying for a British passport as a South African citizen.
Did you know that both South Africa and the United Kingdom allow its residents to hold dual nationality?
This means that if you are a South African with British heritage or are eligible for a UK passport in another way, you can get the best of both worlds!
Why apply for a British passport if I’m planning on staying in South Africa?
If you are planning on staying in South Africa, you may be wondering what the point of having a UK passport is.
When traveling, unlike with your South African passport, a British passport allows you to enter many countries without a visa.
Take Europe as an example. South Africans need to apply for Schengen visas for entry into a European country, while British citizens can holiday in Europe visa-free for up to 3 months.
The same goes for many other countries and you never know where your travels will lead you.
It is always a good idea to leave your options open and should a professional opportunity arise for you to work in the UK or elsewhere, a British passport could make things much easier for you.
Of course, the converse is true, and there are a few countries where South Africans do not need visas whilst UK citizens do.
It’s all about opening doors and making your life easier and who doesn’t want that?
Am I eligible for a UK passport?
Determining if you are eligible for a UK passport is not always straightforward.
Normally, if you were born in the UK, or one or both of your parents were born there, it’s likely that you could be given a British passport.
Otherwise, if you were naturalized in the UK, you may be eligible.
Other scenarios include having a British parent who was born outside of the UK, or a parent who was naturalized in the United Kingdom before you were born.
If you believe that you may be eligible for a UK passport, it is a good idea to have this confirmed by a professional company.
We at MyBritishPassport can give you expert advice on whether or not you qualify for a first-time British Passport. We specialize in all aspects of British passports for people living in South Africa and can also assist with your first-time UK passport application.
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What is the first step in applying for a British passport?
If this is the very first time you’re applying, it’s likely that you will need a few supporting documents. These could include birth certificates, marriage certificates and more.
Bear in mind that Her Majesty’s Passport Office requires that all supporting documents are submitted in their original form and no photocopies, so-called “certified” copies or laminated copies are accepted.
Should you not have a birth or marriage certificate on hand, MyBritishPassport can assist you with obtaining these from the UK government. This is one of the areas in which we specialize and we can save you a lot of time, stress and frustration!
Once it has been established that you do indeed qualify for British citizenship, you will need to fill in the online forms.
The first-time passport application process takes a bit longer than a renewal, and you can also expect a delay of a further 1 to 2 weeks since you will not be applying from within the UK.
The UK passport office is very particular about the way in which the forms are completed and they are known to reject passport applications with only 1 little mistake or omission.
To prevent this from happening to you, allow MyBritishPassport to handle all aspects of your first-time British passport application.
We will ensure that everything has been completed correctly, guide you through how best to get digital photos taken and answer any questions you may have.
If you need to send in original documents, we can arrange this for you with DHL, which has proven to be a very reliable courier service for our clients.
Once Her Majesty’s Passport Office has approved your UK passport application, there will be many reasons to celebrate! They will send your first British passport to you via DHL and you can start using it immediately.
MyBritishPassport recommends always keeping your passport up to date and having it renewed, even when you don’t have any imminent travel plans. Keep your passport in a safe place and consider using a passport cover for extra protection.
MyBritishPassport specialises in British Passport applications, renewals and replacements from South Africa.