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An application can be made to Register as a British Citizen in the modern day where a person held (but later renounced) Citizenship of the UK and Colonies or any one of the previous statuses of British nationality.

This renunciation must have taken place before 01.01.1983 (at the time when the main British Nationality status was Citizen of the UK & Colonies, known as a CUKC). If the renunciation of British Nationality took place after 01.01.1983, then Section 13 of the British Nationality Act 1981 will apply (at the time when the main British Nationality status became British Citizen.

For renunciations that took place before 01.01.1983, the registration is a discretionary decision (made by the Secretary of State) if:

  • the candidate has an appropriate connection with the UK; OR
  • the candidate has been married to a person who has (or would have had if they were still alive) a connection to the UK.

The "appropriate connection to the UK" is taken as:

  • born in the UK;
  • Naturalised in the UK; OR
  • was registered as a citizen of the UK and Colonies in the UK or a country mentioned in section 1(3) of the 1948 Act.

In practice, the applicant should demonstrate that they had a reasonable belief that the renunciation was a result of being deprived of citizenship of another Commonwealth country.

For renunciations that took place after 01.01.1983, the applicant does not need to demonstrate an appropriate connection with the UK.


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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