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 the Bahamas have several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:
- A British or UK-born mother or father
- Not having gained nationality of the Bahamas on Independence
- A grandparent born in the UK
- A parent or grandparent born outside of the Bahamas
- A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than the Bahamas
The Independence Day arrangements on 10.07.1973 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in the Bahamas would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Bahamas constitution granted nationality. 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 Bahamas residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.
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