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British Citizenship by Double Descent

This is considered a "Non-Standard" route to British Nationality, and will require the services of Philip Gamble & Partners. Their Status Trace research service will determine whether you qualify for this British Nationality solution. You can contact their team of Nationality advisors on info@philipgamble.co.uk or call UK 44 (0)20 7759 7581.

"Can I get a British Passport if a grandparent was born in the UK?" This is one of the most common British Nationality questions posed.

British Citizenship through Double Descent is possible where you have a grandparent (either maternal or paternal) born in the UK (or Ireland before 31.12.1922).

The general rules for gaining British Nationality from a grandfather or grandmother born in the UK or Ireland are where:

  • the relevant grandparent or parent was in Crown Service at the time of your parent's birth;
  • your parents were married before 01.01.1949;
  • one of your parents was born in a territory administered by the United Kingdom at the time (see the full list of British Territories);
  • You (or your relevant parent) did not become a citizen of the country of your birth;
  • You are under 18 years of age;
  • One of your parents has spent 3 years in the UK; OR
  • One of the exceptions or anomalies created by the complexity of British Nationality law.

Click here for more general rules on British Nationality.

The solutions that WhatPassport.com have discovered under this category are:

 

CROWN SERVICE

For more information on how British Nationality could be gained when a parent or grandparent was working in Crown Service, then watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

British Citizenship by Double Descent (1981 S14(2) Crown Service): Applicant born after 1983. A Paternal grandfather born in the UK (or Ireland before 1922) and in Crown Service at the time of your father's birth.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (1981 S14(2) UKM Crown Service): Applicant born after 1983. A Maternal grandfather born in the UK (or Ireland before 1922) and in Crown Service at the time of your mother's birth.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Crown Service-48c1): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. A Paternal grandfather born in the UK (or Ireland before 1922) and in Crown Service at the time of your father's birth.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Crown Service-48c2): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. A Maternal grandfather born in the UK (or Ireland before 1922) and in Crown Service at the time of your mother's birth.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Registration): Applicant under 18 and born outside of UK. A parent is British Passport holder (but not born in UK) and was in Crown Service at time of your birth.

 

PARENT BORN IN A BRITISH TERRITORY

See the full list of British Territories. For more information on how British Nationality could be gained when you (or a parent) was born in a former British Territory and you have a UK-born grandparent, then watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Territory-48a1): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. Paternal Grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). Parent born in Protected State, Protectorate, Trust Territory, Mandated State or Foreign Country with ETJ.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Registration-48b1): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. Paternal Grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). Parent born in Foreign Country. Candidate's birth Registered at a British Consulate.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Registration-48b2): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. Maternal Grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). Parent born in Foreign Country. Candidate's birth Registered at a British Consulate.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Commonwealth-48d1): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983, and born in a Commonwealth country. Paternal Grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922).

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Commonwealth-48d2): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983, and born in a Commonwealth country. Maternal Grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922).

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Territory-48a2): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. Maternal Grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). Parent born in Protected State, Protectorate, Trust Territory, Mandated State or Foreign Country with ETJ.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (PG 1948 5aROAF): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. Maternal Grandfather born in British Crown Dominion, and one other grandparent born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). Mother born in Protected State, Protectorate, Trust Territory, Mandated State or Foreign Country with ETJ.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (PG 1948 5aROAM): Applicant born between 1949 and 1983. Paternal Grandfather born in British Crown Dominion, and one other grandparent born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). Father born before 1949 in Protected State, Protectorate, Trust Territory, Mandated State or Foreign Country with ETJ.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (12-2 Pre 1949): Applicant born before 1949 in country that did not become Commonwealth or UK & Colonies in 1949. A parent must be born before 1915 and not born in country that became Commonwealth or UK & Colonies in 1949. A grandparent born in the UK or Ireland.

British Citizenship by Double Descent-Swaziland (1948-5-1d): Applicant born in Swaziland between 1968 and 1983. Father born outside Swaziland. Any grandparent born in the UK (or Ireland before 1922).

British Citizenship by Double Descent-(UK Territories): Applicant born in British Protectorate or British Protected State before 1949. Father born in British Crown Dominions. Any grandparent born in the UK (or Ireland before 1922).

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Sec 2(1) 1981 Sec 14(i)): Applicant born after 01.01.1983. Parent born before 1949 in Parent born in Protected State, Protectorate, Trust Territory, Mandated State or Foreign Country with ETJ. That parent must have a parent born in UK (or Ireland before 1922) OR Commonwealth country with Paternal grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922).

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Sec 2(1) 1981 Sec 14(ii)): Applicant born after 01.01.1983. Parent registered as British at an Embassy. That parent's mother born in UK (or Ireland before 1922).

British Citizenship by Double Descent (48-5(1)a): Applicant born before 01.01.1983. A parent born before 01.01.1949 in a place which on 01.01.1949 was a British Protectorate, British Protected State, British Mandated Territory or any place outside of the British Empire where Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction was exercised over British Subjects. The relevant parent must have a father born in the UK, Ireland or a place within the Crowns Dominions.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (CUKC Parent): Applicant born after 01.01.1983. Parent born in territory that formed part of UK & Colonies on 01.01.1949. Parent in question had mother and father born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). If parent's father not born in UK, then that parent's paternal grandfather born in UK (or Ireland before 1922).

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Burma Independence): Candidate born in Burma before 04.01.1948 and father or paternal grandfather born in Crown Dominions, British Protectorate, British Protected State, UK Trust Territory or Foreign Country with ETJ. A grandparent born in UK or Ireland.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Burma Father): Candidate born in Burma before 01.01.1949 and father or paternal grandfather born outside of Burma. A grandparent born in UK or Ireland.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Mother with Abode): Applicant born after 01.01.1983. Mother born in territory that formed part of UK & Colonies on 01.01.1949. Both grandfathers born in UK (or Ireland before 1922). If maternal grandfather not born in UK, then mother's paternal grandfather in UK (or Ireland before 1922).

 

REGISTRATION

British Citizenship by Double Descent (Registration S4(C)-Mother): Applicant born before 1983. Paternal Grandfather born in UK or a territory that remained a UK Colony after 1949 (in which case, another grandparent must be born in the UK or Ireland before 1949). Parents married before 1949.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (PG-1981 S3(2) 2010): Applicant under 18 and born to a British Parent. This parent spent 3 years in the UK. This parent has a link to the UK.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (1979 Home Secretary): Applicant born after 01.01.1983. A parent who was born between 07.02.1961 and 01.01.1983 and was Registered as a Citizen of the UK & Colonies (CUKC). This parent's mother born in the UK.

 

MOTHERS

For more information on how British Nationality could be gained from recent anti-gender discrimination legislation and British Mothers, then watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

British Citizenship by Double Descent (UKM 12(5)1948 PGF): Applicant born after 1949. Parents married before 1949. Mother was a British Subject.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (UKM 12(5)1948 PGM): New anti-gender discrimination rule. Applicant born after 1949. Parents married before 1949.

British Citizenship by Double Descent (1981 S2 Mother S39BC): Anomaly in anti-gender discrimination. The mother acquires the Right of Abode through her marriage to a man who is born outside the UK who is British by descent, but she also acquires the Right of abode by being a Commonwealth Citizen with a parent born in the UK.

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