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Because of anomalies in the British Nationality Act at the time of Decolonisation, and the manner in which nationality was defined by many of the newly Independent States in East Africa (including Somalia), there are large numbers of people unaware of their rights to British Nationality.


Somaliland (the northern part of modern-day Somalia) was a British Protectorate from 1898 until 25.06.1960. Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).

The area in the south was an Italian territory from 1889.

From 26.06.1960, the Protectorate became independent and six days later, on the 01.07.1960 joined with the south to form Somalia. It is considered a foreign country for UK Nationality purposes.


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.