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The requirements for you to become British by Descent under these conditions are as follows:

> The candidate must have been born BEFORE 01.01.1983; AND

> The candidate can be born anywhere in the world (in other words, the birth did not have to occur in the United Kingdom); AND

> The mother of the candidate was born in the United Kingdom.


If you have spent (or can spend in the future) at least 2.5 years in the UK, then any of your children can become British AFTER you become British under this provision, as long as your children apply before their 18th birthday.

Women can lose British Nationality through marriage and through the action of their father whilst under the age of 21 and so there will be some who cannot qualify regardless of the above.

Birth in the UK does not always result in the candidate's mother acquiring 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.

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