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Immigration Corner | I need a new citizenship certificate

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Dear Mr Bassie,

I need to get a replacement United Kingdom (UK) citizenship certificate. I would appreciate any assistance that you may be able to offer me.

- K.A.

 

Dear K.A.,

It is possible to obtain a replacement UK citizenship certificate. It should be noted that persons must pay a fee to order a replacement registration or naturalisation certificate, or to correct mistakes on a certificate.

However, please be aware that persons cannot get a replacement certificate if they had become a British citizen before October 1986. In these cases, persons should contact UK Visas and Immigration for help. Persons may be able to get a certified copy of registration or naturalisation certificate from the National Archives if: the registration certificate was issued between January 1, 1949 and September 30, 1986; the naturalisation certificate was issued between January 1, 1844 and September 30, 1986; or if it is needed for legal reasons.

If persons need to replace a lost or damaged certificate, they will first need to download and complete an application for duplicate citizenship certificate and complete the payment slip on the fees leaflet. The fee is listed on the form under 'Duplicate Certificate', and persons can make payment by cheque, or credit/debit card. Persons should then send both forms and their cheque, if applicable, to the following address.

Department 1

UKVI

The Capital

New Hall Place

Liverpool

L3 9PP

Also, if persons' certificates have been stolen, they must inform the police.

If persons need to correct mistakes on a certificate, they will first need to write a letter that explains what the mistakes are on the certificate. They should include evidence of the mistake, for example, proof that their name has been spelt incorrectly. They should then complete the payment slip on the fees leaflet. The fee is listed on the form under 'Duplicate Certificate', and persons can pay by cheque, or credit/debit card.

The above documents should be sent with the original certificate and cheque, if applicable, to the address as above.

- John S. Bassie is a barrister/attorney-at-law who practises law in Jamaica. He is a justice of the peace, a Supreme Court-appointed mediator, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a chartered arbitrator and a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association (UK). Email: lawbassie@yahoo.com