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After 1948 and prior to 1983, British Citizenship could be passed two generations by Descent from a UK-born grandfather where the middle generation (the parent) or the applicant was born in a British Protectorate. The Kenya Protectorate (now part of modern-day Kenya) was such a territory before 11.12.1963.

This particular solution arises in two ways. The first requires the parent born in the British Protectorate:

  - applicant born between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1982;

  - parent born in the Kenya Protectorate before its independence; AND

 - the relevant grandfather born in the UK.

The second route requires the applicant to be born in the British Protectorate:

  - applicant born in the Kenya Protectorate after 1948 but before its independence; AND

 - the paternal grandfather born in the UK.

If the claim comes from the paternal grandfather, then the applicant is British by operation of law (i.e. automatically British), as long as the relevant family members were born legitimately. However, if the claims comes down from a maternal grandfather, then an application to register as a British citizen has to be made. This route through the mother has become available after recent anti-gender discrimination legislation was passed.

There are two further points to note. The applicant and the relevant parent from whom the claim stems must not have:

  • suffered from the Automatic Loss of Colonial Nationality enacted upon Independence (though there are some exceptions to this); AND

  • renounced citizenship of the UK and Colonies.

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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.