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 qualify for a British Passport if:
- 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; OR
- 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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STATUS OF BANGLADESH
Before the date of Indian independence on 15.08.1947, Bangladesh formed part of India, and fell part of the British Crown Dominions.
Between the date of Pakistani independence from India (15.08.1947) and 03.02.1972, Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan and formed part of that country.
As from 04.02.1972 until the present day, Bangladesh was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.
Click here for more information on India. Click here for more information on Pakistan.