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Listen to our BRITISH NATIONALITY WEBINAR where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss a family birth in Rhodesia and its implications for claims to British nationality in the modern day.

This solution is created when the applicant (or their parent) was born in Northern Rhodesia or Nyasaland during the period when the areas were included in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

The Federation was formed by the coalition of three former British territories - Northern Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland (modern-day Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi) - on 01.03.1958 and up to its dissolution on 31.12.1963. Citizens of these three territories could work freely in the Federation, but those who moved there for work purposes needed to register as Federal Citizens. This was typically people who moved up from South Africa or down from East Africa.

Upon dissolution of the Federation on 31.12.1963, those who were Federal Citizens (including those who registered) and who did NOT become Citizens of Southern Rhodesia on 01.01.1964 and were not already a Citizen of the UK & Colonies, became a Citizen of the UK & Colonies (CUKC). Subject to the Independence arrangements in Zambia and Malawi and the terms of the BNA 1981, and subject to escaping the Automatic Loss of British nationality provisions, these CUKCs might become eligible:

- for British citizenship where that person also held the Right of Abode

- for British Overseas Citizenship (BOC) if they did not have the Right of Abode; OR

- for British nationality (and to possibly pass this to their children) if they had the Right of Abode.

Automatic loss of British Colonial Nationality had wide application for those born in Northern Rhodesia. Only those with a father or paternal grandfather born in a place still classified as a British Colony, Protectorate or Protected State would not be subject to the loss provision. While the principle also applied in Nyasaland, its application was not quite as profound.


Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

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.

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