United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship by Double Descent (12(5)1948 PGF Colony Marriage)
Section 12(5) of the BNA confers Citizenship of the UK and Colonies to a woman who was married to a CUKC man before 01.01.1949 if the woman was a British Subject. It does not matter whether the husband had the CUKC status by birth, descent, registration or naturalisation.
Further criteria are:
- The marriage of the parents must have taken place BEFORE 01.01.1949
- The applicant must have been born AFTER 01.01.1949
- The applicant must have the Right of Abode*
- The paternal grandfather was born in country classified as the UK & Colonies after 01.01.1949
- The mother must have been a British Subject
* The requirement here is that the woman was a Commonwealth Citizen on 01.01.1983. The (normally) excludes South African women because South Africa was not part of the Commonwealth on that date. However, Commonwealth citizenship could have passed by descent, so one needs to look at where the woman's father was born before this is ruled out.