The Maldives was a British Protectorate up to 24.04.1948. From this date to Independence on 27.07.1965, the Maldives was a British Protected State. You could be eligible for British citizenship if you were:
- Born between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1982, a parent was born in the Maldives before 27.07.1965 and that parent had a parent born in the UK;
- Born between 01.01.1949 and 27.07.1965 in the Maldives, and you have a UK-born grandparent; OR
- Born after 31.12.1982, a parent was born in the Maldives before 1949 and that parent had a UK-born grandparent.
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
STATUS OF THE MALDIVES
Between 1887 and 23.04.1948, the Maldive Islands were a British Protectorate.
From 24.04.1948, the Maldives became a Protected State.
As from 27.07.1965, the Maldives became an independent country outside of the Commonwealth.
In 1985, the Maldives joined the Commonwealth.
Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protected State and a British Protectorate).