WeiHaiWei (now part of China)

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British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in China. This arises because of Britain's relationship with China and its Colonial history.

To determine what form of British Nationality you might have, an analysis of your family's history must be done, and then applying it to the Nationality laws of China (including Hong Kong and WeiHaiWei) that have been passed over the years.


From 26.06.1858 until 19.05.1943, the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction. From this date, it became a foreign country.


Between 1898 to 1931, Wei Hai Wei came within the Crown's Dominions. Thereafter, it became part of China.


With regards to Hong Kong, this was a British Dependent Territory up until 01.07.1997 at which point it China took over control.

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.