British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in Kiribati. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Kiribati and Britain's Colonial history. As a general rule, any person born in Kiribati before 09.11.1915 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 Kiribati that were passed over the years.


From 27.05.1892 until 09.11.1915, Kiribati was a British Protectorate.

From 10.11.1915 until 31.12.1948, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony was within the Crown’s Dominions.

From 01.01.1949 until 30.09.1975, Kiribati fell within the UK and Colonies.

From 01.10.1975 to 11.07.1979, the Ellice Group detached and the remaining Kiribati islands (then known as the Gilbert Islands) were part of the UK and Colonies.

From 12.07.1979 until the present day, Kiribati (the former Gilbert Islands) is an independent Commonwealth country.

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).


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. is a subsidiary of Sable International.

Sable International offers a range of services relating to UK and Australian immigration. For over 20 years, we have been helping people with their UK and Australian visa applications. We assist with applications for Ancestry visas, spouse visas, work visas, Tier 1 visas, UK working holiday visas, UK dependant visas, Tier 4 visas, UK Visitor visas, sponsorship visas or UK permanent residency or indefinite leave to remain. We also specialise in UK visa extensions. If you’ve overstayed your visa, our Overstayer Status Trace service can assist to regularise your visa status.