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Get Philip Gamble (£650) or his Nationality colleagues (£350) to do a Status Trace on your rights to British Nationality (read more).

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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. 

Fast facts

You could be eligible for British citizenship if you were:

  • 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. 
  • Born in South Africa after 31 May 1962 but before 1983, and you have a UK-born grandparent. 
  • Born after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your dad’s dad) was born in the UK. 
  • Born between 2 March 1970 and 18 April 1980 in (Southern) Rhodesia, and you have a grandfather 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.

Expert UK immigration and nationality advice

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.

British Nationality Assessment
The United Kingdom (UK) has an extraordinary history, particularly in respect to the rest of the world. At various times during the the first half of the 20th century, Great Britain (through the monarchy) ruled over more than a third of the world's population.

Because of anomalies in the British Nationality Act, decolonisation of the Empire, and the manner in which nationality was defined by many of the newly Independent States, there are large numbers of people unaware of their rights to British Nationality. Click here for more information on how to achieve British Nationality.


  • Up until 1915, citizens of the UK and its Colonies were termed "British Subjects".
  • From 1915 to 1948, citizenship was governed by the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act of 1914.
  • Since 1983, 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:

British Nationality Assessment