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Countries > Lesotho

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Residents and those born in Lesotho have several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:

  • A British or UK-born mother or father
  • Not having gained nationality of Lesotho on Independence
  • A grandparent born in the UK
  • A parent or grandparent born outside of Basutoland
  • A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Lesotho

For British Nationality purposes, the Republic of Ireland is included in the definition of the United Kingdom before 31.03.1922.

British Nationality Assessment for Lesotho To discover whether you are entitled to a British Passport based on your birth in (or family links to) Lesotho, then take 2 minutes to complete our FREE Nationality Search...

The Independence Day arrangements on 03.10.1966 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in Lesotho would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Lesotho constitution granted nationality. If not, then British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status would have been achieved and, in some cases, this can be upgraded to full British Nationality.

For these and other forms of British Nationality available to Lesotho residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.

STATUS OF LESOTHO

From 12.03.1868 until 31.12.1948, Basutoland fell within the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 03.10.1966, it formed part of the UK and Colonies. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

As from 04.10.1966 until the present day, it became Lesotho and was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

British Nationality Assessment for Lesotho To discover whether you are entitled to a British Passport based on your birth in (or family links to) Lesotho, then take 2 minutes to complete our FREE Nationality Search...



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