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Listen to our RECENT WEBINAR where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss the ways in which children under 18 can have rights to British nationality.

Passport by Birth after 01/01/1983 in the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland) entitles the candidate to British nationality if the candidate is UNDER the age of 10 years old. The status of the parents is irrelevant.

A further requirement is that the candidate is ordinarily resident and has not left the UK for more than 90 days in each year since birth.

This is NOT an automatic right to Citizenship. In other words, there is a need to apply for British Nationality before the age of 10, otherwise the right to apply falls away.

For more solutions involving:

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

Then click on British Citizenship by Birth.


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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