As of July 16 2012 it is no longer possible to submit British nationality applications to the UK high commission or consulate in the applicant's home country. Instead, all applications – with the exception of those in Hong Kong – will need to be submitted to the UK Border Agency in the United Kingdom. Where possible, original documents should be submitted, including passports. However, it has long been the practice to submit certified or notarised copies of passports with these applications and the Border Agency has confirmed that certified copies will continue to be acceptable, particularly in the case of applicants whose country's rules forbid the sending of passports across borders. If a copy is submitted, the applicant may be asked to present the original passport to embassy staff in the applicant's home country.

For further information on this topic please contact Ilda De Sousa at Kingsley Napley by telephone (+44 20 7814 1200), fax (+44 20 7490 2288) or email (idesousa@kingsleynapley.co.uk). The Kingsley Napley website can be accessed at www.kingsleynapley.co.uk.

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