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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.


Contact our citizenship team

Phone us (SA): +27 (0) 21 657 2139

Phone us (UK): +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

South Africa

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708
Cape Town
t: +27 (0) 21 657 2120

United Kingdom

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
t: +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


Suite 8.06
9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
Melbourne VIC 3141
t: +613 (0) 86 514 500

Hong Kong

Level 1102
The Lee Gardens
33 Hysan Avenue
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
t: +852 3959 8681

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