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Both South Africa and the United Kingdom allow Dual Nationality. This means that a person can hold nationality (and the passport) of both countries.

You could be eligible for BRITISH NATIONALITY in the following circumstances:

  • You were BORN IN THE UK* (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. You will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, can hold a British Passport, and can pass British Nationality to your children, irrespective of where these children are born. Read more about British Nationality by Birth.
  • You have a PARENT* (a father or mother) who Naturalsed in the UK before your birth or who was born in the UK (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. Your parent will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, hold a British Passport, and they can pass British Nationality to their children, irrespective of where these children are born. Read more about British Nationality by Descent.

* It gets more complicated if:

Philip Gamble & Partners are specialists in British Nationality Law, and assist clients in determining whether they have a claim to British Nationality through parents, grandparents and former British territories.

How do I find out?

We suggest following our 4 STEP PROCESS, designed to simplify the complex laws of British nationality and to avoid unnecessary and expensive application fees, to find your answer:

Step 1: Determine 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 British Passport Review
Step 4: Conduct a Status Trace

Complete our Nationality Assessment

To find out whether you or your children might have a claim, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE online passport assessment.

British Nationality Assessment

Status of the SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCES

 

The Cape

Natal

The Transvaal

  • The Transvaal was within the British Crown Dominions between 1877 and 1881.
  • From 1881 until 31.08.1900, it was a British Protectorate. Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in Transvaal when it was a British Protectorate).
  • From 01.09.1900 until 30.05.1910, it was within the British Crown Dominions as a colony.

The Orange Free State

Other Territories

Other areas within South Africa that were, at some time or another, under the control of the British were:

  • Zululand
  • Vryheid and Utrecht
  • Molopo River

SOUTH AFRICA

  • Prior to 31.05.1910, South Africa comprised of four separate territories (above).
  • From 31.05.1910 until 31.12.1948, South Africa was within the British Crown Dominions.
  • Between 01.01.1949 and 30.05.1962, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.
  • From 31.05.1962 until 25.07.1994, it was a foreign country.
  • From 26.07.1994 until the present day, it was a independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.