Egypt was a British Protectorate from 1914 up to 31.12.1922 and a Foreign Country with ETJ up until 14.10.1949. You could be eligible for British citizenship if you were:
- Born in Egypt after 31.12.1948 and before 14.10.1949, and you have a grandparent born in the UK.
- Born between 31.12.1948 and 31.12.1982, a parent was born in Egypt before 14.10.1949 and that parent had a parent born in the UK.
- Born after 01.01.1983, a parent was born in Egypt before 31.12.1922 and that parent had a parent 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.
How can I find out if I can claim British nationality?
We suggest following our 4 STEP PROCESS, designed to simplify the complex laws of British nationality and to avoid uneccessary and expensive application fees, to find your answer:
Step 1: Dertermine whether you have a Standard Route (birth in the UK before 1983, or a parent born in the UK before 1983)
Step 2: If not, complete our free Nationality Assessment
Step 3: Order a free Status Trace
Step 4: Conduct a Citizenship Report
Complete our nationality assessment
To find out whether you or your children might have a claim, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE online passport assessment.
British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in Egypt. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Egypt and Britain's Colonial history. As a general rule, any person born in Egypt before 1922 was a British Protected Person (BPP).
To determine what form of British Nationality you might have, an analysis of your family's history must be done, and then applying it to the Nationality laws of Egypt that have been passed over the years.
For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through your birth (or a parent's birth) in a British Protectorate coupled with a UK-born grandparent, watch this short video by Philip Gamble:
Birth in Protectorate and UK-born grandparent
STATUS OF EGYPT
From 1535 to 1914, the crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction in the country.
From 1914 until 1922, Egypt was a British Protectorate.
Between 1922 and 08.05.1937, the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction in the country (though in theory this lasted until 14.10.1949).
Thereafter, Egypt was considered a foreign country.
Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).