United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - Asians in Sri Lanka (UK Nationality)
Because of how the Constitution of Sri Lanka determined how Citizenship was granted, Sri Lankans with parents or grandparents born OUTSIDE of Sri Lanka have a possibility of being granted one of the five forms of British Nationality. This is because of the protection offered to British Subjects born or resident in Ceylon before Independence.
In particular, and because of the large numbers involved, Sri Lankans with Indian ancestry (parents or grandparents born in India, or what was known as "Undivided India" prior to Independence) have a higher likelihood of being granted automatic British Nationality.
STATUS OF SRI LANKA
Between 1802 and 31.12.1948, Ceylon fell within the Crown’s Dominion as the Colony of Ceylon and then as independent Ceylon.
From 01.01.1949 up until the present day, Sri Lanka was an independent Commonwealth country.