United Kingdom - flag United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship by Double Descent (Pre 49 Birth Colony)

This is an exceptional situation caused by an anomaly in the drafting of old British Nationality Law. It applies where:

 a) An applicant was born before 01.01.1949;

 b) An applicant (or an applicant's parent) was born in a former British Colony that retained this status on 01.01.1949; 

 c) An applicant has Right of Abode (through a UK-born grandparent, marriage or residence in the UK); AND

 d) An applicant's parents were married at the time of the applicant's birth (a claim becomes more complex if this was not the case).

A successful application will have to rely on both the applicant and the relevant parent not suffering from the Automatic Loss provisions that were enacted upon Independence of the former Colony. The list of British Colonies excludes those territories given wide powers of self-governance and control over Foreign Policy. So this excludes South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Ceylon and Southern Rhodesia.


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.