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As a South African Citizen, there are several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:

For British Nationality purposes, the Republic of Ireland is included in the definition of the United Kingdom before 31.03.1922. For these and other forms of British Nationality available to South Africans, click on British Citizenship for South Africans.

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

Philip Gamble, widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on British and Colonial Nationality, will be holding a series of seminars throughout Africa, including South Africa, in 2013. If you

  • have a family link to the UK, or
  • have a parent (or grandparent) born in a country that is different to your own country of birth,

then you may have a potential claim to British Nationality.

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STATUS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCES

The Cape

Between 1815 and 30.05.1910, the Cape Colony was within the British Crown Dominions.

Natal

The Natal Colony fell within the British Crown Dominions from 1844 until 30.05.1910.

The Transvaal

The Transvaal was within the British Crown Dominions between 1877 and 1881.

From 1881 until 31.08.1900, it was a British Protectorate. Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in Transvaal when it was a British Protectorate).

From 01.09.1900 until 30.05.1910, it was within the British Crown Dominions as a colony.

For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through your birth (or a parent's birth) in a British Protectorate coupled with a UK-born grandparent, watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

Birth in Protectorate and UK-born grandparent

The Orange Free State

The Orange Free State was within the British Crown Dominions between 1848 and 1854.

Between 1854 and 23.05.1900, it was a foreign country.

From 24.05.1900 until 30.05.1910, it was within the British Crown Dominions as a colony.

Other Territories

Other areas within South Africa that were, at some time or another, under the control of the British were:

SOUTH AFRICA

Prior to 31.05.1910, South Africa comprised of four separate territories (above).

From 31.05.1910 until 31.12.1948, South Africa was within the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 30.05.1962, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

From 31.05.1962 until 25.07.1994, it was a foreign country.

From 26.07.1994 until the present day, it was a independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

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



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