United Kingdom

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 was born in the UK (or Northern Ireland) before 1983, or who was Naturalised before your birth. 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 old British Nationality Law, and assist clients in determining whether they have a claim 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, born to a parent who was born in the UK before 1983, or born to a parent who was Naturalised in the UK before your birth)
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.

 

STATUS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM

  • From 1915 to 1948, citizenship was governed by the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act of 1914. Citizens of all territories of the Crown were termed "British Subjects".
  • From 1949 up to 1983, Citizens of the UK and territories within the empire were called "Citizens of the UK & Colonies".
  • Since 1 Jan 1983, modern-day "British Citizenship" came into being.

Click here for more information on these territories:

The United Kingdom includes England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Before 31.03.1922, it included what is now the Republic of Ireland. For nationality purposes, the UK includes the Channel Islands (Jersey Guernsey and Sark) and the Isle of Man.

British passport holders aged between 18-30 qualify for a Working Holiday Visa for the following countries:

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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.