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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.

A birth in Nyasaland (or Malawi) does not normally give rights to British nationality in the modern day. However, where a parent or grandparent was born in the UK, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, or registered as a British citizen in the period before Independence, it is possible to have claims to British or Irish citizenship in the modern day.

Other than during the period of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Nyasaland was British Protectorate up until its Independence on 6 July 1964. Nyasaland formed part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1 March 1958 to 31 December 1964, a territory treated as an independent Commonwealth country for British nationality purposes.

The most common routes to British nationality for those with a family member born in Nyasaland are as follows:

Born to a British Father

Born to a British Mother

UK-Born Paternal Grandfather

UK-Born Grandfather

Crown Service

Woman Married to British Husband

Born in South Africa

The most common routes to Irish nationality are as follows:

Parent Born in Ireland (including Northern Ireland)

Grandparent Born in Ireland (including Northern Ireland)

Born to an Irish Parent

The UK, Ireland and Malawi allow Dual nationality - the right to hold more than one citizenship.


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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