United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship by Double Descent (48-5(1)a Transvaal)
After 1948 and prior to 1983, British Citizenship could be passed two generations by Descent from a UK-born grandfather where a father was born in a British Protectorate. The Transvaal (now part of South Africa) was such a territory in the period between 1881 and 31.08.1900.
This particular solution arises where the parent was born in the British Protectorate:
- the applicant was born between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1982;
- the applicant's father was born in the Transvaal during the period when it was a British Protectorate; AND
- the applicant's paternal grandfather was born in the UK.
Because the claim comes from the paternal grandfather, the applicant is British by operation of law (i.e. automatically British), as long as the relevant family members were born legitimately.