Monday, 31 May 2010

UK Citizenship applications for 2009

UK Home Office statistical bulletin published on the 27 May 2010 with interesting facts and figures on British Citizenship Applications in 2009.

For further more detailed information on Citizenship and surrounding procedural info and categories you should look at the United Kingdom Border Agency's chapters of the guidance used by the UKBA Staff when deciding applications for UK Citizenship.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

UK Trade and Investment asks business people from Israel to predict the future of business

25 May 2010 UK Trade and Investment the UK's International Business development organization is offering a free week long trip to the United Kingdom to business people from Israel that have the most compelling predictions on the next big business breakthrough.

Until 30th June 2010 the 3 people with the most intriguing and viable predictions will each win 2 business class tickets to London plus a weeks accommodation. During this week the winners will meet industry leaders and discuss how the UK can help them proceed with these ideas.

If you would like to submit a prediction you may do so by clicking here. The shortlisted predictions will be decided by vote in July.

Monday, 24 May 2010

UK Labour Market Earnings

The Annual Survey of Hours and Wages (ASHE) found that weekly pay for full time employees in the UK rose by 2,0 percent.

10% of UK full time employees earned up to and more than 971GBP per week whilst 10% earned less than 271GBP.

According to the survey the highest paid earnings in 2009 were among Health Professionals with an average of about 1,031 GBP per week followed by Corporate Managers with 745GBP per week.

Science and Technology Professionals came next with an average of 698GBP per week and the lowest of full time workers were those in Sales Occupations who averaged 278 GBP per week.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Reasons WHY you should choose UK to do Business

18 May 2010

1. Easy to set up and run: The World Bank claims that it takes just 13 days to set up a business in the UK compared to the rest of Europe average which is 15 days.

2. Competitive Tax Environment for foreigner investors. The UK has lowered its corporate tax rate from over 50%in the 1980's to an extremely internationally compared lower rate.

3. Comparably less barriers for entrepreneurs The Organisation for Economic CO-operation and Development OECD commented that the UK is fifth in the World for Product market regulation.

4. The UK is one of the easiest places to register a property, in fact it is ranked above the USA, France, Japan, Italy, Germany and Canada according to the world bank.

5. Excellent communications network. The UK has the most extensively developed Broadband market compared to other G7 countries

6. Proximity to Europe allowing easy access to the EU countries, which is ranked as 1 of the, if not the biggest single markets in the world.

7. Excellent transport network links- air, sea and rail.

8. High Quality of Living people in the UK enjoy a high standard of living, education, publicly funded health

9. English is the international language of business.

10. London is hosting the 2012 Olympics and the total budget of contracts available should run into the billions

Monday, 17 May 2010

Birth Marriage and Death Registration - WHY?

17 May 2010- Since about 1837 there has been a requirement to register KEY LIFE EVENTS (births, deaths, marriages, adoption and civil partnership). Obviously the process has undergone some changes but the basic approach used today remains in place.

Registration of such key life events is a vital part of identity documentation and allows the applicant to receive a certificate that supports any further personal applications (e.g. Passports or Driving Licenses)

The General Register Office controls the administration of the registration process in England and Wales. The GRO maintains a national archive of all births, deaths and marriages as well as adoptions and civil partnerships since 2005.

THe GRO may also be able to assist with adopted persons looking to find birth relatives

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Birth Registration Process - What Documents You need to Provide

If you live abroad you may apply for consular birth registration at your nearest British Consulate or the Foreign Commonwealth Office if you live in the UK. The application should be sent to the UK Embassy or High Commission in the country your child was born and they will assess the child's claim to British Nationality. Once this has been proven the birth will be registered.

Documents to send:

  • child's overseas birth certificate
  • One Current British Passport
If one parent was born overseas you will still need to supply the overseas birth certificate or passport copy. All original documents must be sent plus two clear copies of each. It is possible to to use a certified copy of the passport but the bio data page MUST BE certified by a UK solicitor or notary public registered with the law society.

Unmarried Partner Process

If you are a British male and your child's mother is a foreigner you may ONLY apply for a consular birth registration of a child who was born on or after 1st July 2006. If you are an unmarried woman who has given birth abroad and you would want the father's details to be printed on the certificate- both you and the father will need to swear Statutory Paternity Declarations in front of a UK Solicitor/Commissioner of Oaths. This can be sworn in front of a consular officer if you are resident overseas


Registration costs £100.80 whether in London or overseas consulate and each certificate costs £64.80. You can pay by Postal Order or Bankers Draft.

Duration of Application

Inside the UK with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office most applications take about 20 days or 4 weeks to process.


If you are in one of the above countries then at present they are experiencing longer waiting times (Usually up to six months) for applications to be processed.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


12.05.2010-After the 6 May 2010 Elections the UK Border Agency Website has been changed.

- News Stories, strategies and goals under the previous government have been removed from the web site however this content can be seen on the UK govt web archive.

Guidance and application forms can still be found on the UKBA web site though.

Lets hope the new govt can handle the challenges ahead.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Useful Info On Births Deaths and Marriages

If you live abroad or have spent long periods of time outside the United Kingdom you may need to register a birth, death or marriage with the British Embassy or consular services in London.

If you entered into a civil union or married outside the UK you can find useful advice with the General Registry Office .

If your child was born you may be able to register the birth with the nearest consulate or with the consular office in London if you have returned to the UK. Once you have done this your child will be issued a British Birth Certificate and the birth will be registered in the United Kingdom at the General Register Office.

This process is known as Consular Birth Registration and to clarify Consular Birth Registrations are not necessarily required to register your child as a British Citizen or or to apply for a British Passport as nationality is passed from Parent to Child.

Consular Birth Registrations are recommended due to the fact that you will be able to attain extra copies of the certificate from the General Register office in the future if need be.

If you give birth to a child outside the United Kingdom, you MUST register the birth with the local civil authorities in the country of Birth. It is NOT POSSIBLE to apply for a consular birth registration without the overseas birth certificate.

Important to note that the following countries will not be able to have birth's registered:

New Zealand
Republic of Ireland
South Africa
Overseas Territories

It is not possible to register a birth if the parents were born overseas and are only British by descent or a non British Child who has been adopted by British parents.

I will be posting more useful info about Birth Registration process, costs and documentation required in the next day or two.