United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship by Marriage (Nyasaland)
Listen to our BRITISH NATIONALITY WEBINAR on Malawi where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss a family birth in Nyasaland and its implications for claims to British nationality in the modern day.
This is a rare instance of a claim to British nationality through marriage. It applies to a woman who meets the following key criteria:
- Born in Nyasaland before its independence as Malawi;
- Neither parent was born in Nyasaland; AND
- Married to a British man before 1983.
Because the Right of Abode passed to the woman through marriage, she escaped the Automatic Loss provisions enacted upon Malawian Independence on 5 July 1964. Because neither parent was born in Nyasaland, she did not become Malawian and as a result retained her CUKC status after independence.