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British passport services

We offer a range of services to citizens from around the world that want to explore their British nationality options. Our UK-based team can conduct research into your family tree and help you assess whether or not you have a legitimate claim to British nationality. Part of our service includes obtaining the official documents needed to substantiate your claim.

Obtaining documents

Clients often struggle to find old family documents dating back decades. We can help you obtain certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates for your British nationality application.

Obtaining birth certificates

This is an official record containing the full name, date and place of birth of relevant parent and/or grandparent (maiden name also required in the event of mother or grandmother).

Obtaining death certificates

This document includes the full name and date of death of relevant parent and/or grandparent (maiden name required in the event of mother or grandmother).

Obtaining marriage certificates

These certificates contain the full name of both parents and date and place of marriage.

Documents and applications

It is worth bearing in mind that most visa applications do not accept photocopies or abridged birth certificates (i.e. those which do not give details of your parents, etc.). All submitted certificates should be full and original versions.

Timeframes for obtaining certificates will vary, but as a general guide we can obtain UK birth and marriage certificates within 10 days. Please note that we only obtain these certificates if you are a current client.

The countries where we assist in obtaining documents are: The UK (including Scotland and Wales), Ireland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

We can help you obtain certified documents

Apply for, or renew your, British passport

A person who holds any form of British nationality is entitled to hold a passport. However, only those who are British citizens have an unqualified right of entry and residence in the UK. Applying for a British passport is a complex procedure and it’s better to use a professional service to avoid costly errors.

We simplify your British passport application

All British passports applications are now processed in the UK rather than through the British High Commissions and embassies overseas. Supporting documents are required (these vary depending on the nature of the claim and the country of birth) and interviews to establish identity are usually required for your first passport. Whether you live in the UK or not, you are able to instruct us to assist you with your first passport application.

Applying for British citizenship

An application for a British citizenship must:

  • Be completed on the correct citizenship form

  • Be accompanied by evidence in support of the application

  • Be signed by the applicant as being correct

  • Include the application fee (if applicable)

  • Be addressed to the correct authority (which is now in the UK)

British passport renewals

Passport renewals (or second or subsequent passport applications) are best done shortly before your existing British passport expires. An application to renew a British passport which expired some years ago is taken as a first passport application. A renewal application must also be sent to the UK for processing and supporting documents are only required again in the event that your application has been selected for an active review.

An active review is where the Home Office have, at random, asked you to supply the original supporting documentation, or where the original application was sufficiently complex that it is not obvious why you qualified in the first instance.

UK passports

British citizenship Status Trace

With our Status Trace we research into your family's history (birth, death and marriage dates and countries of birth) to determine what rights to British nationality have been passed from one generation to another. The objective is to find whether a person (or their children) has a claim to British nationality in the modern day.

What does the Status Trace provide?

The research work is undertaken by a specialist British nationality expert trained in nationality law and a Status Trace report is written summarising their findings.

The Status Trace will enable Philip Gamble's nationality experts to provide a definitive "Yes" or "No" answer to whether you (or your children) have a right to a British passport. This service costs £350 and is popular with clients wanting to know whether they have a legitimate claim or not.

The Status Trace is the only way in which Philip Gamble and his team of British nationality advisors can establish your rights where there is any complexity in your family tree. In addition, it serves as the justification and legal basis by which you have a claim when an application is submitted to the Home Office.

To start the process, we suggest that you order your free British Passport Review. After you have an answer, you can then make a decision as to whether to move to the final step in finding out if you have a claim to British nationality – the Status Trace.

Free British citizenship assessment


Discover if you qualify for British citizenship through your heritage. Our online assessment uses your personal circumstances, and those of your parents and grandparents, to let you know your chances of attaining a British passport.


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Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

Please note: Sable International is a trading name of Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd. Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd is registered in the UK with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) under no. F2001-00004. Our staff based outside of the UK are not regulated by the OISC and may be involved in some client casework. However, they work to the same high standards as our UK staff and clients receive the same service regardless of which office they engage with.

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