United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship by Double Descent (Bechuanaland)
Bechuanaland gained its independence on 30 September 1966. Where a person is born outside of Bechuanaland but before its Independence, to a father born there then there are circumstances where this person does not automatically pick up citizenship of Botswana. This occurs where the person's paternal grandfather was born in a former British territory. In such a set of circumstances, the applicant remains a Citizen of the UK & Colonies and gets reclassified as a British citizen on 1 January 1983.
The criteria for this solution are:
- Candidate born outside of Bechuanaland;
- Candidate born between 1 January 1949 and 30 September 1966;
- Candidate's father born in Bechuanaland before 1949;
- The candidate's paternal grandfather (or the father of their paternal grandfather) born in a former British Crown Dominion; AND
- The candidate has the Right of Abode.
The Right of Abode normally occurs where the candidate:
a) has a grandparent born in the UK;
b) has no other nationality; OR
c) is a woman and married a British man before 1983.