Right of Abode

Right of Abode is unique to the United Kingdom, and is in recognition of Britain's historical role at the heart of the Commonwealth and its colonial past.

The Right of Abode is available to a candidate born in a Commonwealth country that has never ceased to be a member of the Commonwealth BEFORE 1 January 1983 (so this excludes South Africa and Pakistan), where one of their parents was born in the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland and, before the 31/03/1922, the Republic of Ireland).

The Right of Abode allows the candidate to live and work in the UK, and counts time towards UK nationality and British Citizenship requirements.

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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.