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

British Overseas Citizenship (commonly referred to as a BOC) is a residual status derived from a connection with a former British Territory. This particular BOC solution arises in the following set of circumstances:

 - Candidate was born in Nyasaland before independence on 6 July 1964;

 - Candidate's father was born in a Section 1(3) Commonwealth country (including South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and India)

 - Candidate's mother was born in Nyasaland; AND

 - Candidate's paternal grandfather was born in a former British Protectorate that was not yet independent as of 5 July 1964.

It is possible, in some circumstances, to UPGRADE the BOC status to full British Citizenship, but this would require specialist advice.


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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