Papua (now part of Papua New Guinea)

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British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in Papua New Guinea. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Papua New Guinea 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 governing Papua New Guinea that have been passed over the years.

New Guinea

From 17.12.1920 until 12.12.1946, New Guinea was an Australian mandated territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Between 13.12.1946 and 15.09.1975, it was an Australian Trust Territory in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

From 16.09.1975 until 30.01.1980 (after independence), it was a foreign country known as Papua New Guinea.

From 31.01.1980 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country.

Papua

From 1888 until 1906, Papua was part of the Crown’s Dominions.

Thereafter, it was part of Australia until it combined with New Guinea on 15.09.1975 to form Papua New Guinea. From 16.09.1975 until 30.01.1980 (after independence), it was a foreign country known as Papua New Guinea.

From 31.01.1980 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country.

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Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com 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.