There's a post in the professional referee sticky that helps here and partly explains why GP's are not acceptable (but of course this is subjective as the UKBA (now UKVI) explanations makes clear at the end)jgreen6123 wrote: ↑Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:06 amYour GP cannot be your referee.dilse4srk wrote: ↑Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:43 amProblem here is the online form asks for referee details and GP would want to see a paper based form which i can give it to him so he can sign and stamp. Until i fill in the online form i cannot go forward in the application. I am thinking to take my phone with me and ask GP to fill his details and at the end print the form. I doubt he will fill in the online details. Any ideas?
LondonApplicant wrote: ↑Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:56 amI obtained a reply from UKBA, which I paste below. I have highlighted in bold what I think are the most important parts.
Please refer to Annex A - List of acceptable professional persons in the link below:
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitec ... er6/annexa
Note the list above is not an exhaustive list; therefore an individual’s profession may not be listed as acceptable although they may fall under the category of a person of any nationality who is of professional standing or a member of a professional association. If the caseworker is not satisfied with your referee they may request another.
Furthermore a referee who is a professional person should have had dealings with the applicant otherwise than in a professional capacity. However we would expect there to have been regular face-to-face contact between the applicant and his or her referees over the three-year period, such that both referees could confidently assert that the photograph submitted with the form was a true likeness of the person making the application.
Referees should also be prepared to inform us of anything known to them about the applicant that might cast doubt on his or her eligibility for British citizenship but it is accepted that referees will not necessarily be aware of any disqualifying factor or characteristic, particularly where their dealings with the applicant were solely in a professional capacity.
The requirement to nominate suitably-qualified referees is not a statutory one, and where it presents genuine difficulty for an applicant on account of his or her lifestyle or other circumstances this should be explained in the space provided for additional information on the application form.
Please note that as the onus is upon the individual to ensure that he/she satisfies the requirements set out in the guidance material that accompanies each and every application form, the Nationality Group is not able to give, indicate or advise upon the outcome of any such application prior to it being correctly submitted and being given full and careful consideration. Therefore, you are advised to read through the guide prior to submitting a future application.