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Listen to our RECENT WEBINAR where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss the ways in which children under 18 can have rights to British nationality.

This solution applies to children under the age of 18 who have a paternal great grandfather born in the UK. It is a rare instance where British Nationality can be derived by TRIPLE DESCENT - that is, from a great grandfather.

It applies to a child who meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • A child under the age of 18
  • The parent of this child was born BEFORE 01.01.1983 AND spent 3 years in the UK in the past
  • The father of this parent (i.e. the child's grandfather) was born in a British Protectorate, a British Protected State or a British Trust Territory BEFORE 01.01.1949
  • The father of the child's grandfather (i.e. the child's great grandfather) was born in the UK or Northern Ireland.

This is a highly complex claim and is considered a non-standard route to British Nationality.

These former British territories included (at various times before 1949):

Aden Protectorates, Ashanti, Bahrain, Bechuanaland, Botswana, Brunei, Cameroon, Cyprus, Egypt, Gambia, Gilbert Islands, India, Kamaran, Kenya Protectorate, Kiribati, Kuwait, Malawi, Malay States, Maldives, Nigeria Protectorate, North Borneo and Labuan, Northern Rhodesia, Northern Cameroon, Northern Somaliland, Northern Territories Protectorate, Nyasaland, Qatar, Sarawak, Sierra Leone Protectorate, Solomon Islands, Southern Cameroon, Swaziland, Tanganyika, Tanzania, Togoland, Tonga, the Transvaal in South Africa, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirate, Zambia and Zanzibar.


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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