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New legislation that looks to remedy historical unfairness in the older nationality law gained Royal Assent on 28 April 2022. One such area that this affects is where a child registration did not take place because the child's parents were not married at the time that an application could have been made. Based on your family tree, it appears that such an application would be successful. While the theory is complex, this solution broadly requires the following:

 - the candidate's birth between 1 January 1983 and 13 January 1992;

 - the candidate is now at least 18 years old;

 - the candidate's father spent at least three years in the UK before the candidate's birth;

 - the candidate's paternal grandfather was born in the UK;

 - the candidate was born out of wedlock.

PLEASE NOTE: If such an applicant has any children under the age of 18, then these children could be registered as British citizens.


Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

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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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