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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. 


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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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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Before the date of Indian independence on 15.08.1947, Pakistan (or West and East Pakistan) was  part of India.

As of 15.08.1947 and up to 31.12.1948 fell part of the Crown’s Dominions.

As from 01.01.1949 and up until the present day, Pakistan was an independent Commonwealth country.

East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) gained independence from West Pakistan on the 16.12.1971.


Up until 14.08.1947, the territory now known as India fell within the Crown’s Dominions as British India.

The 560 Princely States (which occupied two thirds of British India) were until various dates between 1947 and 1949 British Protected States.

From 15.08.1947 to 31.12.1948, British India (but excluding British Baluchistan, East Bengal, North-West Province, Sind and West Punjab and Burma) came with the Crown’s Dominions as the Dominion of India.

On 01.01.1949 and up to the present day, India was an independent Commonwealth country.

Bangladesh (previously East Pakistan and part of India)

Before the date of Indian independence on 15.08.1947, Bangladesh formed part of India. Between the date of Pakistani independence from India (15.08.1947) and 03.02.1972, Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan and formed part of that country. As from 04.02.1972 until the present day, Bangladesh was an independent Commonwealth country.

Pakistan claim sovereignty over Kashmir, and this is disputed by IndiaGwadur is now part of Pakistan.