United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship (Colony Parent and Residency)
A British nationality solution exists for a person born after 31 December 1982 to a parent born in a former British Colony who naturalised in the UK before 1983. It requires the following set of circumstances:
- Candidate born after 31 December 1982;
- Parent born in a former British Colony; AND
- Parent spent at least 5 years in the UK before 1983.
The solution relies on the parent getting the Right of Abode in two ways - through their birth in a former British Colony and their residence in the UK. This meant that the parent was reclassified as being British otherwise than by descent on 1 Januray 1983 when the new British Nationality Act came into force. Any children born to such a parent were born British (though if the claim comes through the father, the parents must have been married before the birth of the candidate. If not, a separate registration must take place first).