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

This potential solution relies on a parent registering as a Federal Citizen of Rhodesia & Nyasaland. It arises where:

  • A candidate was born after the dissolution of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland (i.e. after 31 December 1963);
  • The candidate's parent (it can be their mother or father) born outside of the Federation;
  • The candidate's parent registering as a Federal citizen during the period 1 March 1958 and 31 December 1963; AND
  • The relevant parent's mother born in the UK.

Where a person was not born in the Federation, or was not a Citizen of the UK & Colonies at the time, they had to register in the Federation if they wanted to work. Such a person does not normally become a citizen of Southern Rhodesia and becomes a full British citizen on 1 January 1983 with the twin Right of Abode. Any children born to such a parent is a British citizen.


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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