United Kingdom - flag United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Descent from Pre 1949 Birth Territory

This solution is based on a complicated set of circumstances. It relies on descent from a father born in a territory where the father became both a British Protected Person (or BPP) and British Subject at birth. When the new British Nationality Act came into force in 1949, the father was reclassified as a Citizen of the UK & Colonies and as a British Overseas Citizen (or British citizen if they had the Right of Abode) on 1 January 1983.

The criteria of this soltion are:

 - Candidate born before 1983;

 - Candidate born in a former British territory;

 - Candidate's father born before 1 January 1949;

 - Candidate's father born in a territory where they were a BPP at Birth (a former British Protectorate, Protected State, UK Mandated or Trust Territory);

 - Candidate's paternal grandfather born outside of a country that became a Commonwealth country on 1 January 1949; AND

 - Candidate's paternal great grandfather born in a former British Crown Dominion.

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. The Right of Abode is normally gained:

 - from a UK-born grandparent; OR

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


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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