British Nationality

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.


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 after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your dad’s dad) was 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.

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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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Residents and those born in Anguilla have several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:

  • A British or UK-born mother or father
  • Not having gained nationality of Anguilla on 01.01.1983
  • A grandparent born in the UK
  • A parent or grandparent born outside of Anguilla
  • A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Anguilla

As a general rule, those born in Anguilla before 01.01.1983 would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost when Anguilla became a British Dependent Territory (now called a British Overseas Territory) on 01.01.1983, and such a person would have become a British Overseas Territory Citizen. If not, then British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status would have been achieved and, in some cases, this can be upgraded to full British Nationality.

For these and other forms of British Nationality available to Aden residents, those born in Aden or Yemeni nationals, click on British Citizenship.


From 1713 to 31.12.1948, Anguilla was within the British Crown Dominions.

Between 01.01.1949 and 18.12.1980, it was within the UK and Colonies as part of the Colony of St Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla (up to 26.02.1967) and the Associated State of St Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla (up to 18.12.1980). From 19.12.1980 until 31.12.1982 it was within the UK and Colonies as a dependent colonial territory.

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

From 01.01.1983 until the present day, it was a British Overseas Territory.

Click here for more information on the status of a  British Overseas Territory.

See information on St Christopher, St Kitts and Nevis.