United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship (Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland - Registration)
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.