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For this solution, it is important to know where the applicant's father and paternal grandparents were born.

This is an extremely complicated and rare circumstance. This unique set of circumstances will entitle the candidate to British Nationality. It is based on some key factors:

  • The candidate being born between 01/01/1949 and 01/01/1983;
  • The father born before 01/01/1949 in a former British Colony (but not a British Protected State, Protectorate with ETJ, UK Trust Territory, Foreign Territory with ETJ or UK Mandated Territory);
  • The candidate was born in wedlock;
  • A Maternal Grandfather or Paternal Grandmother born in the UK; AND
  • The candidate must have been born after the independence of their father's country of birth (though there are some exceptions to that).

The father must have escaped the Automatic Loss provisions enacted upon independence.


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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