United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship and Australia
Watch our BRITISH NATIONALITY WEBINAR where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss a family birth in Australia and its implications for claims to British nationality in the modern day.
A birth in Australia does not normally give rights to British nationality, as it became a self-governing Commonwealth country from 1 January 1949. However, where a parent or grandparent was born in the UK, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, it is possible to have claims to British or Irish citizenship in the modern day.
The most common routes to British nationality for those with a family member born in Australia are as follows:
The most common routes to Irish nationality are as follows:
The UK, Ireland and Australia allow Dual nationality - the right to hold more than one citizenship.