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Ceylon gained its independence from British rule on 15.11.1948. The new Constitution of Sri Lanka stipulated who and who didn't become Sri Lankan citizens. Many thousands of residents in Ceylon at the date of Independence did not become Sri Lankan citizens, and these people, by law, became either British Subjects or British Overseas Citizens. In some cases, a person was automatically a British Citizen.

Where an applicant was born before Sri Lankan independence on 15 November 1948, then they may have a claim to the British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status if their father was not born in Ceylon. In most (but not all cases), this occurred where the father was born in India. It may be possible to upgrade this to full British Nationality if the applicant has a grandfather born in the UK, or the Right of Abode in some other manner.


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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