United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship (Annexation upon Indian Independence)
This obscure British nationality solution arises from the annexation of many of the states of British and Royal India prior to Independence. It covers all the territories that make up modern-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The solution relies on:
- A candidate born before 01.01.1983;
- A father born before 1949 in a British Protectorate*, Protected State* or Trust Territory* that retained this status on 01.01.1949; AND
- A paternal grandfather (i.e. the father's father) born in a State in India that joined the Independence of India and Pakistan between 16.08.1947 and 01.01.1949.
This is a very complex interpretation of old colonial British nationality legislation and will rely on professional advice for a successful application. An assessment will have to be done on which state in India the paternal grandfather was born in, and the theoretical basis of the claim will have to be presented to the Home Office in writing.
* These represent an extensive list of territories, but include the Kenya Protectorate, Tanganyika, Zanzibar, Uganda, Northern Rhodesia and several modern-day states in the Arabian peninsula (amongst others).