You could be eligible for BRITISH NATIONALITY in the following circumstances:
- You are LIVING IN THE UK on a valid visa and intend to Naturalise as a British Citizen in due course. Read more about British Citizenship by Naturalisation.
- 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.
- You have a GRANDPARENT born in the UK (or Northern Ireland). Read more about British Nationality by Double Descent.
- You are UNDER 18, and you have a grandparent or great grandparent born in the UK (or Northern Ireland). Read more about the British Nationality rights of children under the age of 18.
* It gets more complicated if:
- Your parents WEREN'T MARRIED at the time of your birth; OR
- You (or a parent) were ADOPTED.
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 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 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: