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This solution to British citizenship arises where an applicant's mother was registered as a Citizen of the UK and Colonies (or CUKC - the former term for British citizenship). Depending on the manner in which this registration occured, she may have gained the right to pass this British nationality down to her children. Recent changes to remedy gender discrimination in the older nationality law now allows claims to come down the maternal side of the family.

This also may allow the children of the successful applicant - i.e. the grandchildren of the woman registered before 1983 - to be registered as British citizens if the parent has spent at least 3 years in the UK. This is because their maternal grandmother is considered as being British otherwise than by descent.


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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