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It is possible to apply for British Citizenship by Descent if you were born outside of the UK to a parent who was either born in the UK or classified as British Otherwise Than By Descent at the time of your birth. If you are unsure about whether you qualify for British Citizenship by Descent, then read more about British Citizenship by Descent.

Alternatively, determine whether you qualify by completing our FREE Online Assessment.

Applying for British Citizenship by Descent

The application must:

  • Be completed on the correct application form;
  • Be addressed to the correct authority (which is now in the UK);
  • Be signed by the applicant as being correct;
  • Include the application fee (if applicable);
  • Be accompanied by evidence in support of the application

The successful applicant must attend a Citizenship Ceremony at their nearest British High Commission.

If any error is made with the application, then your application can be refused and you could lose your application fee.


To find out whether you or your children qualify for British Citizenship by Descent, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE Online Assessment:

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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.