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A Passport by Descent from a British parent is available under this category where the parent - at the time of the birth - was British other than by descent. This is per the UK Nationality Act of 1981 Section 2-1.

A British Citizen Other than by Descent is someone who achieved this status under the following four circumstances:

1) Mother with a UK Passport married to a man holding a UK Passport who qualifies for points 2-4 below;

2) A person born in the UK before 01/01/1983;

3) A person naturalised or UK Registered before 01/01/1983; OR

4) A person born in a UK Colony AND has a UK Passport, but has no parent or grandparent born in the UK.

In addition, if the birth took place BEFORE 01.07.2006, and the birth was not legitimate - that is, the parents were not legally married at the time of the birth, then a separate application for a British Passport is still required.

Click here for more information on how you could claim British 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.

WhatPassport.com is a subsidiary of Sable International.

Sable International offers a range of services relating to UK and Australian immigration. For over 20 years, we have been helping people with their UK and Australian visa applications. We assist with applications for Ancestry visas, spouse visas, work visas, Tier 1 visas, UK working holiday visas, UK dependant visas, Tier 4 visas, UK Visitor visas, sponsorship visas or UK permanent residency or indefinite leave to remain. We also specialise in UK visa extensions. If you’ve overstayed your visa, our Overstayer Status Trace service can assist to regularise your visa status.