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A person can be registered as a British citizen where:

  • they were born in the UK or Northern Ireland;
  • they were born on or after 1 January 1983;
  • they are under 22 years of age; AND
  • they were born stateless (i.e. without nationality).

This occurs more often than one realises. Where a parent's nationality does NOT pass down to a child born outside of the parent's country of citizenship, the child is often born without a nationality.


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.