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British Nationality for Rhodesian

Rhodesians and those born in Rhodesia have several ways in which to claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. These are:

  • By Birth (having been born in the UK)
  • By Descent (a British or UK-born mother or father)
  • Not having become Rhodesian or Zimbabwean by birth in Rhodesia
  • By Double Descent (a grandparent born in the UK)
  • A parent or grandparent born outside of Rhodesia
  • A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Rhodesian

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

NOTE: For UK Nationality purposes, it is critical to know the places and dates of birth of BOTH your parents and ALL four grandparents (irrespective of whether you think this data is relevant or not). If any parent or grandparent was born in a country DIFFERENT to your country of birth, then you have a greater chance of automatically qualifying for a form of British Nationality.

For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through residence in the old Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, wacth this short video by Philip Gamble:

Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through birth in Rhodesia with a UK-born grandparent, watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

Birth in Rhodesia and UK-born grandparent

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 Zimbabwe, 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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Other than through family ancestry, the most common route to British Nationality is often through residency in the UK while on a UK Ancestry Visa. This Ancestry Visa for the UK is available to a Zimbabwean aged 17 or over, and entitles you to live and work in the UK. It is possible to obtain a UK Ancestry Visa Extension, and then then to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) leading to British Nationality.

STATUS OF ZIMBABWE (formerly Rhodesia)

From 04.06.1891, Southern Rhodesia as a foreign country in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Between 12.09.1923 and 31.12.1948, the Colony of Southern Rhodesia was within the Crown Dominions.

From 01.01.1949 until 28.02.1958, Southern Rhodesia was an independent Commonwealth country.

Between 01.03.1958 and 31.12.1963, it was part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, an independent Commonwealth country.

From 01.01.1964 until 17.04.1980, it was Southern Rhodesia, an independent Commonwealth country.

From 18.04.1980 until the present day, it was known as Zimbabwe and was an independent Commonwealth country.

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

British Nationality Assessment