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Anti-gender discrimination legislation was enacted in 2010 to allow registration as a British citizen for an applicant born before 1983 to a UK-born mother.

However, in rare circumstances, such a registration is not possible if the Automatic Loss provisions of the Independence arrangements of your own country of birth restricted your rights to British nationality. Your birth before independence of the British territory meant that you may have lost rights to British nationality unless your father or paternal grandfather was born in the UK.

We believe that this is a manifestly unfair, and an unintended error in the drafting of the new laws. It failed to take into account the myriad of Independence Day arrangements put in place at the time. We are in communication with the Home Office on this subject, and we anticipate that a review of the law will happen in due course.


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.