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This is an exceptional situation caused by a loophole in the drafting of British Nationality Law.

 - Applicant born anywhere after 1982;

 - Parent born in a Protectorate, Protected State or UK Trust or Mandated Territory before 1949; AND

 - The parent themselves having a father or mother born in the UK.

The parent must have escaped the Automatic Loss provisions that were enacted upon independence, so every situation must be examined on a case-by-case basis. As a general rule, though, if your grandfather was born in the UK, then your parent probably escaped the Automatic Loss provisions. If, however, the relevant grandfather was born in the Crowns Dominions and you are relying on a UK-born grandmother, then the situation becomes more complex.


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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