British Crown Dominions
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 in South Africa after 31 May 1962 but before 1983, and you have a UK-born grandparent.
- Born after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your dad’s dad) was born in the UK.
- Born between 2 March 1970 and 18 April 1980 in (Southern) Rhodesia, and you have a grandfather 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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Making a successful nationality application
One of the forms of territory controlled by the United Kingdom was the British Crown Dominions. This was any place that was under British control before 01.1.1949 but does not include places that were Protected States and Protectorates where some form of local self-administration existed. Birth in a British Crown Dominion led to British Subject status in most (but not all) cases.
Click here for more information on how British Nationality can be gained from links to these territories.
These areas that made up the British Crown Dominions were:
- Aden Colony-Port of Aden (now part of Yemen)
- Akrotiri and Dhekelia UK Cyprus Military Bases
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Ashanti (now part of Ghana)
- Basutoland (now Lesotho)
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Guiana (now Guyana)
- British Honduras (now Belize)
- British Indian Ocean Territory-Chagos
- British Virgin Islands
- Burma (Myanmar)
- Cape Colony (now part of South Africa)
- Cayman Islands
- Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
- Christmas Island (now part of Australia)
- Cocos and Keeling Islands (now part of Australia)
- Cook Islands and Niue
- Falkland Islands
- Gambia Colony (Banjuland KomboSt Mary)
- Gilbert Islands (now part of Kiribati)
- Gold Coast Colony (now part of Ghana)
- Hong Kong
- Kenya Colony (now part of Kenya)
- Kowloon (now part of Hong Kong)
- Kuria Muria Islands (now part of Yemen)
- Line Islands (now part of Kiribati)
- Natal Colony (now part of South Africa)
- New Territories (now part of Hong Kong)
- New Zealand
- Newfoundland (now part of Canada)
- Nigerian Colony (now part of Nigeria)
- North Borneo and Labuan (now part of Malaysia)
- Orange Free State (now part of South Africa)
- Papua (now part of Papua New Guinea)
- Penang and Malacca (now part of Malaysia)
- Perim Islands (now part of Yemen)
- Phoenix Islands (now part of Kiribati)
- Pitcairn Islands
- Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
- Rotuma (now part of Fiji)
- Sarawak (now part of Malaysia)
- Sierra Leone Colony (now part of Sierra Leone)
- South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
- St Christopher, St Kitts and Nevis
- St Helena, Ascension, Gough and Tristan da Cunha
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- Transvaal (now part of South Africa)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos
- Walvis Bay (now part of Namibia)
- WeiHaiWei (now part of China)