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This rare claim to British nationality by double descent has arisen from recent changes to the legislation to remedy gender discrimination in old British nationality law. The result is that claims can now come down the maternal side of the family. This particular solution can arise where:

  • The applicant was born before 01.01.1983 in an independent country;
  • The applicant's mother was born in a former British Protectorate, Protected State, UK Mandated or Trust Territory, or a country where the UK exercised Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) over British Subjects;
  • The applicant's maternal grandfather was born in a former British Colony that remained a colony after the applicant's country of birth became independent; AND
  • The applicant having the Right of Abode through a UK-born maternal grandmother.

A further requirement is that the paternal grandfather of the applicant's mother was born in a place that remained a British Colony in the post 1949 period.


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.

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