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Section 12(5) of the BNA confers Citizenship of the UK and Colonies to a mother who is married to a CUKC man before 01.01.1949 if the mother is a British Subject. It does not matter whether that man has the CUKC status by birth, descent, registration or naturalisation.

Further criteria are:

  • The marriage of the parents must have taken place BEFORE 01.01.1949
  • The applicant must have been born AFTER 01.01.1949
  • The applicant must have had the Right of Abode as at 01.01.1983
  • The paternal grandfather was born in country classified as the UK & Colonies after 01.01.1949
  • The mother must have been a British Subject

This is a particularly rare instance of application of UK Nationality, and will require a Status Trace to validate the claim.

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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.