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Standard Claims

You are normally eligible for British citizenship by Descent (and what we would term a STANDARD route to British Nationality) if you were born to a parent* (a father or mother) who was:

  • born in the UK before 01.01.1983; OR
  • Naturalised in the UK before your birth.

In such situations, the relevant parent is considered as being British Other than by Descent, and can pass British nationality to their children.

* It gets more complicated if:

Non-Standard Claims

All other claims to British nationality that do not fall within the criteria of a Standard claim are known as Non-Standard claims.

The most common scenario is where the applicant has a British parent born outside of the UK, or has a grandparent born in the UK or India. Key to qualifying is if:

  • the relevant parent can be defined as British Other Than by Descent; OR
  • the Independence Day arrangements allowed for British nationality to pass from one generation to the next.

These cases need to be determined on a case-by-case basis. Such situations would lead to a NON-STANDARD route to British Nationality, and would rely on the exceptions allowed through nationality law or the anomalies created by the drafting of old colonial nationality law.

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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.