United Kingdom - flag United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship by Double Descent (Crown Service BSAP)

This solution arises because your family surname matches a name within the membership list of the British South African Police (or BSAP), and the date of service matches the dates input into your family tree.

A claim for British nationality by double descent is available under this category where:

  • a grandfather was born in the UK (or Northern Ireland);
  • the applicant was born after 01.01.1983;
  • the relevant parent (whose father was born in the UK or Northern Ireland) was born in Rhodesia before independence;
  • the grandfather was in service with the BSAP at the time of the relevant parent's birth; AND
  • the grandfather must have been recruited for this BSAP service from the UK.

The difficulty that most applicants face is obtaining the evidence of a successful claim. There are good records that cover membership and service records in the BSAP (www.bsapolice.org). However, it is the recruitment in the UK that causes the most problems. However, there are many forms of evidence that one can use - shipping records, recruitment letters, even the timings of age and service dates. The list of members can be found here: BSAP Membership.


Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

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.

WhatPassport.com is a subsidiary of Sable International.

Sable International offers a range of services relating to UK and Australian immigration. For over 20 years, we have been helping people with their UK and Australian visa applications. We assist with applications for Ancestry visas, spouse visas, work visas, Tier 1 visas, UK working holiday visas, UK dependant visas, Tier 4 visas, UK Visitor visas, sponsorship visas or UK permanent residency or indefinite leave to remain. We also specialise in UK visa extensions. If you’ve overstayed your visa, our Overstayer Status Trace service can assist to regularise your visa status.