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A situation where a person was born:

- anywhere in the world
- before 01.01.1983
- to a father who was British OTHER THAN BY DESCENT

will mean that the person is a British Citizen by descent.

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

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

2) A person born in the United Kingdom before 01.01.1983;

3) A person Naturalised or Registered as British before 01.01.1983; OR

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

British Citizens by Descent cannot pass on automatically British status to their children born outside of the UK.


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.