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British Nationality can be claimed by a person who was born in the United Kingdom prior to 01.01.1983, at which point new Immigration legislation took effect and this automatic right fell away.

Strictly speaking, birth in the UK prior to 01.01.1983 simply conferred British Citizenship of the UK and Colonies with the Right of Abode. This in turn led to the automatic re-classification of the subject as a British Citizen on 01.01.1983, in terms of section 11(1) of the BNA 1981. Birth in the UK after 01.01.1983 does NOT result in automatic British Citizenship.

The only exception to this principle is where the parents were resident in the UK at the time of the candidate's birth because of Diplomatic Service.

For more solutions involving:

  • Birth in the UK before 1983, OR
  • Birth in the UK after 1983,

Then click on British Citizenship by Birth.

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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.