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A claim for British Citizenship by birth applies where the applicant:

 1) was born in the UK after 1982; AND

 2) has a parent who was an Irish citizen at the time of their birth.

A birth in the UK before 1 January 1983 gave an automatic right to British nationality. However, the situation is different for anyone born in the UK after 31 December 1982. For an automatic right to arise, a key requirement is for one of the parents to hold a "Settled" status in the UK. This settled status is normally held by a British citizen or a person with the Right of Abode or permanent residency. However, an anomaly in the Anglo Irish agreement in 1973 means that an Irish citizen is treated as having "Settled" status in the UK.

An alternative solution if the above does not apply is if the applicant lived in the UK for the first 10 years of their life, or has lived for a majority of their life in the UK.


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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