Foreign Countries with ETJ
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.
Foreign Countries with Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)
You could qualify for a British Passport if:
- you were born between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1982 in a Foreign country with ETJ, if you had a UK-born grandparent; OR
- you were born between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1982, a parent was born in a Foreign country with ETJ, and that parent had a parent born in the UK.
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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For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through birth in a foreign country (where ETJ was exercised) with a UK-born grandparent, watch this short video by Philip Gamble:
Click here for more information on how British Nationality could be gained.
At various times, the United Kingdom had the treaty rights that affected nationality with the following countries:
- Bougainville (part of Papua New Guinea)
- Buka (part of Papua New Guinea)
- Aegean Islands, Crete, Dodecanese Islands, Epirus, Macedonia, Thessaly and Western Thrace (all now part of Greece)
- Kamaran (now part of Yemen)
- Morocco French Zone, Morocco Spanish Zone, Morocco Tangier Zone (now all part of Morocco)
- Muscat and Oman (now Oman)
- New Guinea (now part of Papua New Guinea)
- North Korea
- Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- South West Africa (now Namibia)