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Can you claim British Nationality?

Getting a British passport might be easier than you think. Thanks to the UK's historical laws and agreements with former territories, you may qualify for British nationality depending on where you, your parents and grandparents were born. 

Australia

You could qualify for a British Passport if:

  • Born to a parent (a father or mother) who was born in the UK before 1983;
  • Born before 1983 to a parent who was born after 1949 – as long as that parent a) was a British Citizen, or b) had a parent born in the UK; OR
  • Born after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your dad’s dad) was born in the UK.

There are hundreds of other ways to qualify. As a general rule, if you were born in a country that is different to either parent or any of your grandparents, or you have a connection back to the UK, Ireland or a former British Territory, then you might have a claim.

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We are the world’s leading experts in UK immigration and nationality. For over 22 years, we have been helping thousands of people navigate the complex path to British citizenship.

Some claims to British nationality are relatively straightforward and can be completed quickly if you meet the above requirements. Other claims can be extremely complex and can only be determined by researching old nationality laws.

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To find out whether you or your children might have a claim, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE online passport assessment.

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STATUS OF AUSTRALIA

Up until 31.12.1900, Australia was within the British Crown Dominions as separate colonies.

Between 01.01.1901 and 31.12.1948, it fell within the British Crown Dominions as a federal Commonwealth country.

From 01.01.1949 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

Christmas Island

Up until 31.12.1948, Christmas Island came within the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1957, it fell within the UK and Colonies as part of the Colony of Singapore. From 01.01.1958 until 30.09.1958, it was within the UK and Colonies as a separate Crown Colony. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony. 

From 01.10.1958, it was part of Australia.

Cocos & Keeling Islands

Up until 31.12.1948, these islands were part of the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 22.11.1955, they fell part of the UK and Colonies as part of the Colony of Singapore. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

From 23.11.1955 until the present day, it is part of Australia. 

Papua

From 1888 until 1906, Papua was part of the British Crown Dominions.

Thereafter, it was part of Australia until it combined with New Guinea on 15.09.1975 to form Papua New Guinea.

From 16.09.1975 until 30.01.1980 (after independence), it was a foreign country known as Papua New Guinea.

From 31.01.1980 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

New Guinea

From 17.12.1920 until 12.12.1946, New Guinea was an Australian mandated territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Between 13.12.1946 and 15.09.1975, it was an Australian Trust Territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

From 16.09.1975 until 30.01.1980 (after independence), it was a foreign country known as Papua New Guinea.

From 31.01.1980 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

 

Australians aged between 18-30 qualify for a Working Holiday Visa for the following countries:

For more information on how British Nationality can be claimed based on links to Australia, click on British Nationality for an Australian.



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