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We are citizenship consultants and immigration experts

Read more about our business and the people who’ll be helping you pursue your nationality goals.
Across our various teams we have years of experience in helping people from
around the world claim British, Irish, Australian and Portuguese nationality.

It began as 1st Contact

1st Contact was established in 1995, offering help to young working holidaymakers from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It is a vibrant brand and is well-known within the Antipodean and South African communities in the UK. 



The shift to Sable International

1st Contact Visas was part of the 1st Contact Group and merged with Philip Gamble & Partners to form Sable International's citizenship and immigration divisions in 2016.

In 2016, our group of companies decided to become more streamlined to better represent our focus on international citizens. Bringing all our immigration and nationality services under one umbrella was integral to this process.

As a result, we are in the process of merging 1st Contact Visas into Sable International. All the services offered by the 1st Contact team are still available, all that’s happened is that we’re simplifying our corporate structure to become more efficient to better aid our clients.

Incorporating Philip Gamble & Partners

For over 20 years, Philip Gamble has investigated the intricacies of UK immigration and nationality law. He has drawn on this expert knowledge to help thousands of people to claim British citizenship.

By acquiring a larger stake of Philip Gamble & Partners, we have further brought his team into the Sable International family. This allows us to provide our clients with even better and more nuanced citizenship and immigration solutions.

Read more about our senior partner. is a searchable online immigration and nationality database set up and run by Philip Gamble. It helps those seeking answers about their claims to UK visas and British passports.


The site is free to use, with a no-obligation search feature. The number of solutions are calculated and displayed after your key family data is entered.

On your results page, we display all those countries that have nationality solutions available to you and up to 12 relatives (like mother and father, children, sibling, partner, etc.) via a family tree.

Registration on the WhatPassport site gives you several key benefits (all of which are free):

  • You can search through all the nationality solutions for which you appear to qualify
  • You will receive updates whenever new solutions or anomalies are discovered where you appear to meet the criteria

We are regulated by the OISC

Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) to provide immigration and nationality advice and representation.

Visit our regulation page for more details as to how, and with whom, we are registered.


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South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581



9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

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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