You could be eligible for British citizenship if you were:
- Born in Tonga after 31.12.1948 and before independence on 03.06.1970, and you have a grandparent born in the UK.
- Born between 31.12.1948 and 31.12.1982, a parent was born in Tonga before 03.06.1970 and that parent had a parent born in the UK.
- Born after 01.01.1983, a parent was born in Tonga before 1949 and that parent had a parent born in the UK.
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 British Passport Review
Step 4: Conduct a Status Trace
Complete our nationality assessment
STATUS OF TONGA
Between 1880 and 1900, Tonga was a foreign country in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.
From 1900 until 04.12.1968, it was a British Protected State in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.
Between 05.12.1968 and 03.06.1970, it was a British Protected State.
From 01.01.1983 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country.
Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protected State).
For more information on how British Nationality could be gained through your birth (or a parent's birth) in a British Protected State coupled with a UK-born grandparent, watch this short video by Philip Gamble: