Maldives - flag


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


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).


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.