United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
You could be eligible for British citizenship if you were:
- Born in the United Arab Emirates after 31.12.1948 and before independence on 02.12.1971, and you have a grandparent born in the UK.
- Born between 31.12.1948 and 31.12.1982, a parent was born in the United Arab Emirates before 02.12.1971 and that parent had a parent born in the UK.
- Born after 01.01.1983, a parent was born in the United Arab Emirates 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 Status Trace
Step 4: Conduct a Citizenship Report
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.
STATUS OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (previously the Trucial States)
The UAE was formerly known as the Trucial States. By 1892, the Crown exercised extra-terrestrial jurisdiction over all the states (viz Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain, Abu Dhabi and Kalba).
Up until 01.12.1971, the states continued to be British Protected States and treated as Protectorates for UK nationality purposes (on 30.07.1952, Kalba was removed as a Protected State and Fujairah was added).
From 02.12.1971, the UAE was considered a foreign country.
Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protected State).