United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Passport from Mother
We cover five scenarios:
- A mother born in the UK before 1 Jan 1983*
- A mother born in the UK after 1 Jan 1983
- A British mother born outside of the UK
- A mother Naturalised in the UK before your birth
- Children under 18 with a British mother
A mother born in the UK before 1 Jan 1983*
You are eligible for a British Passport by Descent (and what we would term a STANDARD route to a British Passport) if you were born to a mother who was born in the UK before 1 Jan 1983. In such situations, the mother is considered as being British Other than by Descent, and can pass British Nationality to her children. Read More
A mother born in the UK after 1 Jan 1983*
An analysis of the circumstances of your mother's birth must be undertaken, along with the status of her parents (i.e. your maternal grandparents at the time of birth). Read More
A British mother born outside of the UK*
An analysis of HOW your mother became British must be done. There are several circumstances where the mother could have been classified as British Otherwise Than By Descent, with the ability to pass British Nationality to her children. We suggest you try our online Nationality Assessment.
A mother Naturalised in the UK before your birth*
You are eligible for a British Passport by Descent (and what we would term a STANDARD route to a British Passport) if you were born to a mother who was Naturalised in the UK before your birth. In such situations, the mother is considered as being British Other than by Descent, and can pass British Nationality to her children. Apply Now
Children under 18 with a British mother*
Other than the Standard routes to a British Passport set out above, there are other provisions allowing children under the age of 18 of a British mother to claim a British Passport. These are generally covered by the following situations:
- A British mother has spent at least 3 years in the UK in the past - read more
- A British mother spends at least 3 years in the UK in the future, as long as the child is still under 18 at the time of application - read more
- A British mother gives birth to a child who is "Stateless" at the time of birth (in other words, the child does not automatically take on the nationality of their country of birth or a parents' nationality) - read more
- A discretionary registration in exceptional cases (sporting excellence, for example).
Again, there are many MORE SOLUTIONS where children under 18 could qualify, and these require a case-by-case analysis of the circumstances.
* Exceptions to the rules above
It gets more complicated if:
How do I find out?
Given the complexities of British nationality legislation, and because we handle hundreds of complex enquiries every day, we have developed a simple 4 STEP PROCESS as the most effective way of giving you the answer you’re looking for.
The steps are as follows:
- Step 1: Standard vs Non-Standard. Determine whether you have a Standard claim to a British Passport. You have a Standard claim if you were born in the UK before 1983, a parent was Naturalised before your birth, or you have a parent born in the UK before 1983 (provided that your parents were married at the time of your birth). All other claims are considered Non-Standard.
- Step 2: Nationality Assessment: If you do NOT have a Standard Route (as determined in Step 1 above), complete our FREE on-line Nationality Assessment. Your input is filtered against the criteria of hundreds of Non-Standard British Nationality solutions that we know of. Your Results Page - the final page on the assessment - will set out all your possible solutions.
- Step 3: Status Trace. From your Results Page (reached in Step 2), you can instruct Philip Gamble (our founder and senior partner, and widely regarded as the world's leading expert on the subject) to review your family tree that you create in Step 2. By ordering this FREE review, you are asking Philip for his opinion on your chances of claiming a UK Passport. Philip will respond by email with a Definite, Likely, Possible, Unlikely or Remote answer.
- Step 4: Citizenship Report. You instruct Philip Gamble and his team of specialists in London to review copies of your family documents and research your rights to a British Passport. After searching for any possible way in which you can qualify, they will write a detailed Nationality Report, giving you a Yes/No answer. A fee of £350 applies.
What should I do NOW?
To avoid incurring unnecessary research or application fees at this point, we ask you to complete Steps 2 and 3 by:
- Completing our FREE online Nationality Assessment
- Ordering our FREE Status Trace
You will receive a series of emails, setting out clearly the solutions that you appear to qualify for, as well as Philip’s response to your Status Trace. Once you have completed these two steps, we will contact you by phone or email to discuss your nationality situation and talk through what should happen next. This may involve advising you to instruct our team of British Nationality specialists to look into your case further to provide a definitive answer (Step 4).
We set out below the criteria and requirements to qualify for a British Passport by Descent - that is, qualifying through a British mother.
British Citizens (i.e. those who hold full British Nationality and the right to carry a British Passport) can be divided into two categories:
- British by Descent
- British Other Than by Descent
Click here for more general rules on:
British Passport from Mother
UK Passport from Mother
Mother British Passport