Complex claims to British Nationality

Most rights to British nationality are simple:

  • Birth in the UK before 1 Jan 1983
  • Birth in the UK after 1 Jan 1983 to a British parent
  • Descent from a British parent who was born in the UK
  • Naturalisation in the UK

However, the laws covering British nationality are extraordinarily complex. This complexity arises where there are family links to former British territories and also situations involving marriage, children, illegitimacy, adoption and residency in the UK.

Philip Gamble is a world-renowned expert on complexity in British nationality. For more insights into the work he does, you can watch his:

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WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.