You could be eligible for BRITISH NATIONALITY in the following circumstances:
- You are LIVING IN THE UK on a valid visa and intend to Naturalise as a British Citizen in due course. Click here to read more about claiming British Citizenship through Residency.
- You were BORN IN THE UK* (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. You will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, can hold a British Passport, and can pass British Nationality to your children, irrespective of where these children are born. Click here to read more about claiming British Nationality by Birth.
- You have a PARENT* (a father or mother) who was born in the UK (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. Your parent will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, hold a British Passport, and they can pass British Nationality to their children, irrespective of where these children are born. Click here to read more about claiming British Nationality by Descent.
- You have a GRANDPARENT born in the UK (or Northern Ireland). Click here to read more about claiming British Nationality by Double Descent.
- You are UNDER 18, and you have a grandparent or great grandparent born in the UK (or Northern Ireland). Click here to read more about the British Nationality rights of children under the age of 18.
* It gets more complicated if:
There are hundreds of other ways to qualify, but these would normally be considered "Non Standard" claims to British Nationality. 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.
Philip Gamble & Partners are specialists in old British Nationality Law, and assist clients in determining whether they have a claim through parents, grandparents and former British territories.
How do I find out if I have a claim to British Nationality?
We suggest following our 4 STEP PROCESS, designed to simplify the complex laws of British nationality and to avoid unnecessary and expensive application fees, to find your answer:
Step 1: Determine whether you have a Standard Route (birth in the UK before 1983, or a parent born in the UK before 1983)
Step 2: If not, complete our free Nationality Assessment
Step 3: Order a free British Passport Review
Step 4: Conduct a Status Trace
Complete our nationality assessment
STATUS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
- From 1915 to 1948, citizenship was governed by the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act of 1914. Citizens of all territories of the Crown were termed "British Subjects".
- From 1949 up to 1983, Citizens of of the UK and territories within her empire were called "Citizens of the UK & Colonies".
- Since 1983, modern-day "British Citizenship" came into being.
For more information on how British Nationality can be gained, watch this short video by Philip Gamble:
Click here for more information on these territories:
The United Kingdom includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Before 31.03.1922, it included what is now the Republic of Ireland. For nationality purposes, the UK includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
British passport holders aged between 18-30 qualify for a Working Holiday Visa for the following countries: