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New legislation to remedy gender discrimination on the older British nationality laws were enacted in April 2022. If the legislation is taken literally, then it should be possible to lodge an application if one can demonstrate that - had it not been for gender discrimination in the old law - the applicant could have British nationality in the modern day. Based on your family tree, it appears that such an application might - in theory - be successful. While the theory is complex, this solution broadly requires the following:

 - Candidate born after 31 December 1948;

 - Candidate's parents were married before 1 January 1949;

 - Candidate's maternal grandfather born in the UK.

This route to British nationality has not yet been approved by the UK Home Office. Their current view is that rights given to women should not now be given to men - that Section 4L should only work in favour of women, and not men. It is our view that this should be tested in the courts so - for now - such applicants would not succeed.


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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