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A situation where a person was born:

- anywhere in the world
- before 01/01/1983
- to a mother who was British OTHER THAN BY DESCENT

will allow the applicant to register as a British Citizen.

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

1) Mother with a UK Passport married to a man holding a UK Passport who qualifies for points 2-4 below;
2) A person born in the UK before 01/01/1983;
3) A person Naturalised or UK Registered before 01/01/1983; OR
4) A person born in a UK Colony AND has a UK Passport, but has no parent or grandparent born in the UK.

Due to the changes in the law on the 13th January 2010, if the birth was before 7th February 1961, then Citizenship was only available through the father's status as a British Citizen. The amendments to the act now extends to persons born prior to 7th February 1961 to a British mother. It is strongly advised that any such applicant should seek the advice of a qualified immigration advisor, as these types of British Nationality applications are very difficult indeed.


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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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.