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Listen to our BRITISH NATIONALITY WEBINAR where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss a family birth in Rhodesia and its implications for claims to British nationality in the modern day.

This is a rare British nationality solution involving the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. This solution arises from the status of the applicant's mother who would have been reclassified as being British otherwise than by descent on 1 January 1983. It requires the following set of circumstances:

 - an applicant born anywhere and at any time; AND

 - born to a mother who:

 1) was born in Nyasaland or Northern Rhodesia;

 2) was born during the period from 1 March 1958 and 31 December 1963;

 3) had a father born in a former British Colony or Commonwealth country;

 4) had a paternal grandfather born in the UK;

 5) married a husband before 1 January 1983 and the husband had the Right of Abode through a UK-born parent.


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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