British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in Iraq. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Iraq and Britain's Colonial history.

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 Iraq that have been passed over the years.


Between 27.09.1924 and 02.10.1932, Iraq was a British Mandated Territory.

Since that date and up to the present day, it is considered an independent foreign country.

For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through your birth (or a parent's birth) in a British Mandated Territory coupled with a UK-born grandparent, watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

Birth in Mandated Territory and UK-born grandparent

Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.