Experienced consultants to handle complex British citizenship and immigration cases

We have experience and expertise in various nationality paths. Select the route closest to your circumstances to find out more.

 

British citizenship eligibility

Once you have British citizenship, you can live and work without restriction in the UK.

You may be eligible for British citizenship when you:

  • Register as a British citizen if you have another type of British nationality
  • Receive settled status and can then apply for UK naturalisation

Standard claims

Many claims to British nationality are straightforward, and are made up of one of the following:

  • Born in the UK before 1 January 1983
  • A parent born in the UK before 1 January 1983
  • A parent naturalised in the UK before your birth
  • Naturalisation through residency in the UK

Non-standard claims

All other claims to British citizenship have to be determined by reference to old nationality law and the independence day arrangements (and constitution) of the relevant countries of your family (i.e. your parents and grandparents). This requires researching legal documents dating back as far as 1906.

A further difficulty is that such applications do not have a standard application form and so a written explanation of how you qualify (and why) has to be made to the Home Office – and you will be required to quote the necessary nationality law substantiating this.

 

Meet our citizenship team

  • Reg-Bamford
    Reg Bamford
    Group CEO
  • Philip Gamble: Founder and Senior Partner
    Philip Gamble
    Founder and Senior Partner
  • Mishal Patel: Casework Manager
    Mishal Patel
    Director: Citizenship and Immigration
  • Simone Jordaan
    Simone Jordaan
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser
  • Chelsea Hallett
    Chelsea Hallett
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser
  • Rajeshri Solanki
    Rajeshri Solanki
    Office Administrator
  • Yolanda Murray
    Yolanda Murray
    Front Office Manager
  • Reena Kothari
    Reena Kothari
    Nationality Specialist
  • Joanne Clay
    Joanne Clay
    Nationality Specialist
  • Donna Jarvis
    Donna Jarvis
    Personal Assistant to Philip Gamble
  • Kaj Patel
    Kaj Patel
    Nationality Specialist
  • Lisa Oosthuizen
    Lisa Oosthuizen
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser
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    Frances Butler
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser
  • Ruben Van Niekerk
    Ruben Van Niekerk
    Client Liaison
  • Christine Jansen van Vuuren
    Christine Jansen van Vuuren
    EU Specialist
  • Suzan Mnisi
    EU Admin Assistant
  • Zanalee Rezandt
    Casework Admin Assistant
  • Kerry Milne
    Kerry Milne
    Immigration and Nationality Caseworker
  • Kristy De Goede
    Kristy De Goede
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser
  • Carryn Phillps
    Carryn Lilley
    Immigration and Citizenship Caseworker
  • Tarna Clarkson
    Immigration and Nationality Caseworker
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    Gabriella Eastland
    Caseworker
  • Heather Clayton
    Caseworker
  • Taryn Langley
    Admin Assistant
  • Simone Le Roux
    Caseworker Admin Assistant
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    Jason Trudgian
    Immigration and Nationality Caseworker
  • Sebrena Elliott
    Caseworker
  • Megan McArthur
    Meghan McArthur
    Immigration and Nationality Manager
  • John Dunn: Citizenship and Immigration Manager
    John Dunn
    Director: Citizenship and Immigration
  • Reg Bamford
    Group CEO

    Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte & Touche in Cape Town, Reg moved over to London and spent three years in investment banking in the city.

    There, he founded a small tax consultancy in 1996. The group now has 14 different business across three continents and operating in eight countries. It employs over 200 employees, a third of whom have bought and own shares in the group company.

    Reg’s primary role is to deliver on our stated goal of becoming a GREAT business. He is the guardian of the company’s Core Values (of Care, Solve Grow and Enjoy), and looks to inspire and drive performance from our business leaders and staff.

    Reg lives in Putney, with his wife and two young sons. In his spare time, he competes internationally at croquet – he is a seven-time winner of the World Championships.

  • Philip Gamble
    Founder and Senior Partner

    Philip trained with the Home Office within their Citizenship Directorate until 1992. He was the founder partner of Montgomery and Co and later Managing Director of 1st Contact Visas.

    He has assisted in developing Government policies with the Points Based System and has instigated changes in Policy towards the descendants of Government employees of former British Territories. Philip is also responsible for immigration training in NHS Hospitals.

    He is widely regarded as an authority on British nationality law and the effects of decolonisation within the former British Empire. Philip is registered with the OISC as a level 2 adviser in Immigration.

  • Mishal Patel
    Director: Citizenship and Immigration

    Mishal was born in Mombasa, Kenya and relocated to the UK in 2004 after a successful colonial nationality claim through Philip Gamble & Partners.

    Mishal joined Sable International in 2009 and is a registered Level 1 adviser in UK immigration with the OISC. Mishal works closely with Philip Gamble and assists in isolating claims to British nationality for those who have connections to former British Territories, those who are resident in the UK and those adopted by British citizens. Mishal has a special interest in East Africa and the sub-continent. He is fluent English, Kiswahili and Gujarati.

    Read Mishal's latest articles and insights.

  • Simone Jordaan
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser

    Simone joined us in 2015 as a British Nationality Advisor.

    She has a B.Comm in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Among other things, Simone has worked as an assistant within a psychology practice and as an administrator at a five-star hotel where she had the opportunity to interact with customers from all corners of the globe on a daily basis. Empathetic and professional, Simone is an avid traveller, who has spent a lot of time exploring Europe.

  • Chelsea Hallett
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser

    Chelsea joined Philip Gamble & Partners in 2015 as a Nationality Administrator with a background in administration.

    Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, she has travelled extensively throughout the UK and developed an interest in British Nationality. She is organised, optimistic and dedicated. Using her exceptional customer service and administrative skills, Chelsea ensures that all of our clients have the best possible experience.

  • Rajeshri Solanki
    Office Administrator

    Rajeshri came to the UK from Kenya in 1969 and has worked in administration and customer service roles throughout her career.

    After spending four years working for UK Visas and Immigration, she joined Philip Gamble & Partners, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. She uses her customer service and admin skills to support our immigration team.

  • Yolanda Murray
    Front Office Manager

    With over 30 years’ experience in administration and customer care, Yolanda joined Philip Gamble & Partners in January 2013 as Receptionist and Office Administrator.

    She is often the first point of contact for our clients and is known for her professional and friendly manner. In addition to her great work ethic and excellent communication skills, her warm and approachable nature makes her an indispensable member of the team.

  • Reena Kothari
    Nationality Specialist

    Reena was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and started her career with KPMG Kenya.

    She joined Philip Gamble & Partners in 2010 and is a level 1 Registered Adviser in UK Immigration with the OISC.

    Reena is responsible for all UK immigration applications lodged with British posts overseas and has had notable success in this area. She also handles after-entry cases that lead to settlement in the UK. Reena is fluent in English, Gujarati, Hindi and Kiswahili.

  • Joanne Clay
    Nationality Specialist

    Joanne joined the firm in 2001 and is a level 1 Registered Adviser in Immigration with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

    She was responsible for forming the team dealing with the issue of Sponsorship Certificates under Tier 2 of the Points Based Scheme for the National Health Service and Private Healthcare.

    Joanne has been highly involved with visa audits for UK employers and is an expert in the country’s employment laws controlling the prevention of illegal labour.

  • Donna Jarvis
    Personal Assistant to Philip Gamble

    Donna joined the firm in 2006 and plays a valuable role in the co-ordination of appointments and workflow for Philip Gamble.

    Donna not only manages Philip’s schedule, but is also a lifeline to anybody who is anxious about their immigration status. Her caring attitude and friendly manner puts both clients and co-workers at ease.

  • Kaj Patel
    Nationality Specialist

    Kaj joined the firm in June 2013.

    Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Germany, Kaj moved to the UK in 2004. She completed her studies in London and holds a degree in Biomedical Science. She is fluent in English, Tamil and German. Kaj is a registered advisor for UK Immigration at level 1 with the OISC. She prides herself on prompt and efficient customer service.

  • Lisa Oosthuizen
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser

    Lisa studied at Stellenbosch University, where she completed a degree in social work.

    She is the administrative assistant for our immigration casework team.

    When she’s not helping ensure all our clients’ needs are taken care of, she likes to spend time with her friends, family and children. She’s also quite fond of experimental cooking and going on adventures.

  • Frances Butler
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser

    Frances grew up in the UK and moved to Cape Town in 2006. Prior to starting at Sable International, she spent some years working with children in the USA and London and at a US exchange program, helping young women with program and visa applications.

    She is a big people person and loves meeting new people. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, travelling and exploring the local restaurant scene.

  • Ruben Van Niekerk
    Client Liaison

    Ruben grew up in a small town in the Northern Cape. He has a background in hospitality and has worked in some of South Africa's finest restaurants and hotels.

    He previously worked in Sable International’s Business Immigration division, where he worked as an Admin Assistant, providing our clients with exceptional service and assistance.

    As a Client Liaison in the visas and immigration team he builds and maintains positive relationships with our clients by keeping them informed about their case progression, or resolving any issues they have.

    In his spare time, Ruben enjoys hiking, the outdoors, gardening, meeting up with friends and going on road trips.

  • Christine Jansen van Vuuren
    EU Specialist

    Christine has a Bachelor of Social Science in Organizational Psychology and Industrial Sociology from the University of Cape Town. She started as a UK Immigration Caseworker, handling the preparation and submission of British passport and entry clearance visa applications, before shifting her focus to EU nationality matters. In her current role she conducts complex EU nationality assessments and prepares various EU citizenship and passport applications.

    As an ambitious and strong-willed individual, she prides herself on learning new things to develop herself both personally and professionally.

  • Suzan Mnisi
    EU Admin Assistant

    Suzan is originally from Phalaborwa in Limpopo, where she completed her matric at Meridian college. She moved to Johannesburg thereafter and completed her qualification at the University of Johannesburg. She started off her work experience in the jewellery retail industry. She is currently pursuing a degree in BCom Law with UNISA.

    Before joining Sable International, she worked for Elegance Jewels (Nom Nom). At Sable she provides administrative support to the EU nationality specialist.

    Outside of work, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, trying out activities that will give her an adrenaline rush and sleeping.

  • Zanalee Rezandt
    Casework Admin Assistant

    Zanalee's academic career started at the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Science specialising in Gender Studies and Sociology. She went on to complete her LLB and Postgraduate Diploma in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    Before joining Sable International, she completed her articles of clerkship at Chafeker and Shabodien Inc Attorneys. Though she possess qualifications that speak to the legal fraternity, she is yet to find what area she would like to specialise in. She believes that with hard work and being open to the business at Sable International, she will find her niche. 

    Her role at Sable International will include assisting Caseworkers with administrative duties within the visas department.

    Outside of work, she enjoys exercising for pleasure, catching up with friends, watching series and the occasional hike in and around Cape Town.

  • Kerry Milne
    Immigration and Nationality Caseworker

    Kerry was born in Johannesburg and has lived in Cape Town since she was six months old. She studied at the University of Cape Town, majoring in psychology and organisational psychology. She chose to study these subjects because she always wanted to work with people.

    Thereafter, she completed her honours in organisational psychology. She has experience in sales and admin but excels at being organised and helping others stay organised.

    Kerry joined Sable International as an Admin Assistant on our immigration team.

    She enjoys being out and about with friends and family, cooking, baking and reading.

  • Kristy De Goede
    Immigration and Nationality Adviser

    Kristy has been part of the Sable International family for many years. She started off on the tax refunds team and then moved into the immigration department. She has since become an expert in assisting customers with their UK visa applications and extensions.

    Dedicated to providing excellent customer service to all clients, she has become particularly good at assessing what a client’s best relocation options are.

    Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also has a keen passion for travel.

  • Carryn Lilley
    Immigration and Citizenship Caseworker

    Carryn was born and raised in Cape Town where she attended Rustenburg Girls’ High and thereafter graduated from Varsity College with a Bachelor of Arts in corporate communication.

    After several years working in a client-focused role in the hospitality and event planning industry, she felt it was time for a change. She joined Sable International in 2020, as Client Liaison on our 1st Contact Relocation team, before moving to the Immigration team in 2022.

    Carryn enjoys photography, being outdoors with her dog - especially by the ocean where she resides - and spending time with family.

  • Tarna Clarkson
    Immigration and Nationality Caseworker

    Tarna was born in Cape Town and has travelled the world - from living in America, to snorkelling in Asia and tasting incredible cuisines in the Middle East.

    It is while travelling that she discovered she enjoyed interacting with different people and learning about other cultures – ultimately leading her to a career focused on engaging with clients. 

    Outside of work, Tarna loves to stay active by cycling, running or going to the beach for a surf. She really enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

  • Gabriella Eastland
    Caseworker

    Gabriella was born and raised in Cape Town. She attended Wynberg Girls’ Junior and High Schools before studying Beauty Therapy and Somatology. She went on to work as a personal assistant and au pair, and in various retail environments, gaining experience in sales, customer service and admin.

    In 2020, she changed career paths and enrolled at Varsity College to study Business Principles and Practices. 

    She is creative and passionate, but always organised, diligent and determined. She enjoys being outdoors, going for drives, reading a good book, making the most out of life and spending time with family and friends.

  • Heather Clayton
    Caseworker

    Born and raised in Cape Town, Heather matriculated from Groote Schuur High and then went on to study a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the Western Cape.

    She majored in Linguistics, Ethics and Psychology. Before starting at Sable International she worked at Lobster Ink Africa as a receptionist and finance administrator. She is hard working and enthusiastic about anything that she does.

    In her free time she enjoys working out, hiking and being outdoors. She is a very family orientated person, so her weekends mostly consist of spending time with her nieces.

  • Taryn Langley
    Admin Assistant

    Taryn is currently studying a BCom in Strategic Management at Varsity College. She has worked in the customer service, hospitality, e-commerce and travel industries. Before joining Sable, she worked as a travel specialist, planning client trips, preparing their travel documentation and supporting them during their trips.

    Her role at Sable is an Admin Assistant in the UK visas department. She is naturally an introvert but once she’s comfortable, she comes out of her shell.

    Outside of work, she enjoys the beach, watching movies and reading murder mystery books.

  • Simone Le Roux
    Caseworker Admin Assistant

    Simone Le Roux resides in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. She matriculated in 2013 and studied a higher certificate in Human Resource Management with Boston City Campus.

    Before working at Sable, she was employed at Amazon for three years in a virtual customer service roll for a high-end clothing store. Her role at Sable International is to provide support to the UK visas casework team.

    She is a fast learner, welcomes challenges, and is open minded and friendly. In her free time you might find her in a mall or spending time with her family. She also recently learned how to crochet.

  • Jason Trudgian
    Immigration and Nationality Caseworker

    Jason was born and raised in Cape Town. Both of his parents were born in the UK and he has lived and worked in the UK.

    He was originally at Sable International between 2008 and 2018 and returned to Sable International in 2022, after spending four years at a local immigration company. 

    Outside of work he spends time with family and is part of a local soccer team, where he plays in a league during the winter season.

  • Sebrena Elliott
    Caseworker

    Sebrena was born and raised in Cape Town. She matriculated from Rhodes High School and thereafter studied sports management through CPUT. She has extensive experience within the administration division for most of her professional career and comes from the Pick ‘n Pay training academy before joining Sable.

    She is a very enthusiastic, goal driven individual, love working with people and building great professional relationships.

    In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, summertime is her favourite as she loves camping, going on road trips and going to the beach with her family. She has a huge passion for the sports industry and particularly enjoys watching rugby.

  • Meghan McArthur
    Immigration and Nationality Manager

    Meghan started her career with Sable International in 2008, as part of our customer service department.

    From there, she also spent time in our UK tax refunds and forex departments, gaining valuable insight into the overall workings of the business. Meghan’s passion for customer service and personal growth eventually led her to our visa department, where she worked as a UK Immigration Caseworker, before being promoted to Immigration and Nationality Manager.

  • John Dunn
    Director: Citizenship and Immigration

    John joined Sable International in 2008 and has managed multiple divisions during his time with the company.

    He has over a decade of experience in immigration, citizenship and residency-by-investment. He combines that with a background in sales, marketing and management to ensure that Sable International is the go to for all things relating to citizenship and immigration around the world.

    Outside of work, John is dedicated to his young family. He enjoys fitness activities and loves the outdoors.

    Read John's latest articles and insights.

Who we are

We are specialists in a variety of fields. We provide services in wealth management, accounting, tax, international money transfers, immigration and citizenship. Our clients are often global citizens with family, offices, suppliers, clients, property or wealth overseas.

We realise that all of our clients are unique in terms of both their current circumstances and their future plans and we pride ourselves on thinking differently to tailor solutions that help. Whatever your goals, we can help you internationalise yourself, your wealth and your business.

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