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Listen to our BRITISH NATIONALITY WEBINAR where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss a family birth in Rhodesia and its implications for claims to British nationality in the modern day.

This is a very complex interpretation of the British Nationality legislation that was enacted after the dissolution of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1964. This anomaly was discovered by Philip Gamble in December 2014 while researching a client's claim to British Nationality based on his father's birth in Southern Rhodesia. The solution relies on a candidate's birth before 01.01.1964, the father's birth in Southern Rhodesia and a UK-born grandfather.

Because recent anti-gender discrimination legislation has not extended to these old colonial claims, the claim can only come through the father. It also requires the parents to have been married at the time of your birth.


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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