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This entitlement to a British Passport relates back to old UK Colonial legislation. It requires the applicant to have been born before 1949 and born anywhere EXCEPT:

  • in a country that became a Commonwealth country on 01.01.1949, OR
  • in a country that was part of the UK & Colonies on the 01.01.1949.

In addition, either the father OR the mother must have been born before 1915 and born anywhere EXCEPT:

  • in a country that became a Commonwealth country on 01.01.1949, OR
  • in a country that was part of the UK & Colonies on the 01.01.1949.

There are two further requirements:

  • at least one of the relevant mother's or father's father (i.e. the grandfather of the applicant) was born in the United Kingdom, AND
  • the applicant must not have become an Irish Citizen on 01.01.1949.

If the lineage is through the father, then the applicant is British by Law, while if the claim is through the mother, then the applicant is British by Application only.

Two further conditions apply:

  • The UK (or Irish)-born grandparent must NOT have Naturalised in the state of residence before the next generation's birth; AND
  • The UK (or Irish)-born grandparent must NOT have Naturalised before the next generation's 21st birthday.

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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.