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This solution relies on descent from a father who holds (or held) a valid British Overseas Citizenship (or BOC), and relies on a candidate's birth before 1 January 1983

Where the candidate has the Right of Abode*, then they would have been reclassified as a British citizen on 1 January 1983. Otherwise, the candidate became a British Overseas Citizen (or BOC) on 1 January 1983. Where the candidate holds no other nationality**, then it may be possible to upgrade this BOC status to full British nationality.

* The Right of Abode is normally gained:

 - from a UK-born grandparent; OR

 - where a woman married a British husband before 1 January 1983.

** Many countries do not allow Dual Nationality. So if the candidate already held this BOC status by descent, then they may not have become a citizen of their country of birth (even though they may hold a passport of that country).


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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