British Citizenship Opens to Thousands

International immigration group, 1st Contact has its offices ready for the large number of enquiries already coming through from eligible individuals in an attempt to obtain British Citizenship. A new development in the UK immigration law, which came into effect on 13 January 2010, has made it possible for individuals with British born mothers to gain UK citizenship through registration. Individuals who qualify for this right, under section 4C of the British Nationality Act of 1948, no longer need to apply via the standard ancestral visa route in order to become British citizens.

According to 1st Contact’s Visas manager Robyn Cory “The opportunities for working, living and travelling in the UK and throughout the world on a UK passport are immense, making this an exciting opportunity.”

Cory adds that 1st Contact tracks all the developments and changes in the UK immigration landscape to ensure one of the fastest and smoothest acquisitions of British Citizenship for thousands of newly qualified individuals.

UK immigration law, which came into effect on 13 January 2010, has made it possible for individuals with British born mothers to gain UK citizenship through registration

The reasoning behind this new development in UK immigration legislation under section 4C of the British Nationality Act of 1948, is based on the logic that individuals with British born mothers would theoretically have become British citizens at the time of birth, had women been given equal opportunities to pass on citizenship rights through decent, in the same way as men had.

Another dose of good news for current and prospective parents includes an opportunity for children born outside the United Kingdom to British citizens by descent and after 13 January 2010, can be registered under section 3(2) of the British Nationality Act of 1981, if an application is made at any time before the child’s 18th birthday.

For individuals who feel that they meet the criteria to pursue this opportunity, access to 1st Contact’s online web services can be initiated at any time. For further information on procedure, precise details on who qualifies and a full range of services related to living, working and travelling in the UK and beyond visit www.1stcontactvisas.com

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  • http://brilliantbritain.blogspot.com/ Maureen

    “After 13 January 2010 a person who has a British born mother will have the right to register as a British citizen under section 4C of the British Nationality Act of 198, an opportunity which previously only applied to paternal descent.”

    The ‘right to register’ does not give the automatic right to citizenship by descent. Children of British mothers are NOT equal to children of British fathers.

    Children of paternal descent don’t have to register and don’t have to pay £540 and don’t have to attend a citizenship ceremony but children of British mothers do! This is unjustified discrimination!

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Maureen,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Whilst it may seem outwardly as unjustified discrimination, it still offers a window of opportunity (and some may say hope) to those whom had no other alternative to migrate to the UK.

      Discrimination? Possibly. Opportunity? Definitely.

      Your thoughts and concerns are certainly shared amongst industry professionals and the greater public alike!

      • Bee

        Agree, it is still as discriminatory as ever. 100%.
        From my perspective, nothing has changed. With a UK born mother I hold Right Of Abode and have always had the opportunity to register as a citizen. I never did so because it was so much more expensive and time consuming in comparison to the comparable passport application, had my father been born in the UK instead. I’ve been waiting for these rule “changes” and am pretty disappointed they still have yet to address what is blatant sex discrimination.

        • Mike

          While I can see you point about discrimination, the use of Paternal ancestry has been used to cap the number of potential passports to a manageable level.

          After the World Wars, there were of course many less UK males than females, and it is the descendents of these people who are now looking to get British passports. Also, many British females married outside the UK, and this spread the net wide if all their descendents became eligible for a British passport.

      • nikki

        does this not apply if my dad was born in uk?

        • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

          Hi Nikki,

          If your father is a British citizen and was at the time of your birth, it is most likely that you are already British.

          Please do not hesitate to contact us for further assessment of your eligibility:

          In the UK:
          0800 856 2473

          In South Africa:
          0800 003 163

          In Australia
          1800 039 300

          or via email to visas@1stcontact.com

  • bunmi ijiehin

    can children born to naturalised father and mother appiled?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Thank you for your comment.

      Children born to naturalised parents are entitled to a British Passport via decent.

  • Anne Linder

    My Mother is a British citizen, though she was born in Durban in South Africa, she has a veterans British Passport, am I legible to get a British passport. I am wanting to travel extensively from Uk and over Europe in May so was wondering how possible it is for me to attain a BP

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you for your query.

      The rules determining British citizenship are numerous and varied. As such I recommend you contact us directly to discuss your individual circumstances:

      Cape Town office – 021 657 2180
      London office – 0207 759 7527

      We look forward to assisting you.

  • j . t . maritz

    my father was born in SA 1913 -16-1August // My mother was born (this is as close as i can remember) 4-dec 1924.in engeland, not sure where but it was close to London, my mom came to Swaziland where they were married in 1941.I was born there in 1946 Januarie 20 (at this stage Swazi land was still under british rule) the town at that stage was called Bremmersdorp today it is caled ManZini, i think i do quilifi as a british citizen by birth in Swaziland under british rule.
    please inform asap
    regards
    Johannes Theodorus Maritz

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Johannes,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      What you are enquiring about is known as Colonial Registration. This is a process that requires a fair amount of research into the law applicable at the time of your birth, at the time of your ancestors births etc and how that would have affected you.

      Unfortunately, we cannot offer this service as this stage. A firm called Philip Gamble & Co may be able to offer you further assistance, their number is +44 (0)208 688 4618.

      I apologise for not being able to assist you further. If you have any other enquiries, please feel free to contact us.

  • Alison

    Hi
    My mother was born in England but migrated to Austraia where I was born. I have a Right of Abode and have been living in England now for over 5 years. Now that the laws have changed regarding British Citizenship, is it possible to retain my Australian citizenship or would I lose this if I became a British Citizen? Ideally I would like to have dual citizenship.
    Kind regards
    Alison

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Alison,

      The United Kingdom allows Australian Passport holders to hold dual nationality.

      Problem solved!

  • Matthew Moir

    I obtained my British Passport years ago while I was still living in South Africa. My mother was born in Manchester and that is how I applied for and got the passport. So what exactly has changed or has it just become easier?

    Also, if I go back to South Africa, marry a South African without a BP and have children, will my children be entitled to apply under these new developments?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Matthew,

      The major amendment is that there was previously a cut-off date for registration as a British citizen – it was only available to those born between 07/02/1961 and 01/01/1983. The cut-off date of 07/02/1961 has been removed, opening this opportunity up to persons born before this date.

      Due to another amendment in the Act, children born outside the UK to parents who are themselves British by descent will be able to register their children at any time before their 18th birthday.

      I trust this has assisted.

  • Jackie

    Hi
    Both my grandmothers were born in the UK, but moved to South Africa and married South Africans (and gave up British Citzenship at the time as you couldnt have dual Citizenship then). My mother and father were both born in South Africa and currently live there. Can both my mother and father gain Citizenship through registration? Can this be done in South Africa?
    Thank you.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Jackie,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If your Grandmothers were not British citizens (ie had renounced their British citizenship) at the time your parents were born, then unfortunately it is highly unlikely they will be able to claim any form of British citizenship themselves.

  • Jackie

    Hi
    Both my grandmothers were born in the UK, but moved to South Africa and married South Africans (and gave up British Citzenship at the time as you couldnt have dual Citizenship then). My mother and father were both born in South Africa and currently live there. Can both my mother and father gain Citizenship through registration? Can this be done in South Africa?
    Thank you.

  • Marianna

    I just want to enquire, my grandfather’s second wife is a british citizen, is it possible for me to apply for an ancestral visa, even though she is not my grandmother by blood? I am a Namibian citizen

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Marianna,

      Unfortunately the ancestral visa criteria require all eligible nationals to have a biological line to the British Passport holder.

      Hope that helps!

  • Jason

    Good morning,

    I applied for, and received British Citizenship in 2007 via registration, I then applied for and received my passport which staes “British Citizen”.

    My mother was born in Manchester before moving to South Africa so I usedhere birth certificate to complete the registration process.

    Would my 4 yr old daughter (born in South Africa) be eligible for a British passport at all?

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Jason,

      Good news!

      As of 13 January 2010, children born outside the UK to British citizens by descent (ie you) are also entitled to register under section 3(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 before their 18th birthday. Once registered, your daughter will be able to apply for a UK passport.

      Please contact our Cape Town office for further details on 0800 003 163 or saoffice@1stcontact.com

  • Jason

    Apologies for the atrocious spelling in my last post!

  • Mary Kirkpatrick

    I was born in South Africa to a British mother and recently recieved my British citizenship through descest. Does the law now mean that my children aged 28 and 22, born in South Africa but currently on UK ancestry visa’s could actually apply for British citizenship based on the assumption that had the law been different at the time of my birth that I would have been British at birth?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Unfortunately your children are not eligible under the amendments to section 3(2) of the Act – this only applies to children making an application before their 18th birthday. Furthermore, based on the information provided, you were not actually a British citizen at the time of their birth.

      It would seem that your children are only be eligible for UK Ancestry visas.

  • Vaun

    I was just curious, my grandfather is british and was born in england, my mother got ba british passport from him, I currently have an ancestral visa. Will I be able to apply for a british passport directly from my mother?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Vaun,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Under section 3(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981, persons born outside the UK to parents who are British by descent (ie born outside the UK to a British parent/parents) can register as a British citizen only if this takes place before their 18th birthday.

      If you have already had your 18th birthday, you are not eligible to register as a British citizen under this section of the Act and will most likely only be eligible for a UK Ancestry visa (based on having a Grandparent who was born in the UK).

  • Mary-Ann Vernon

    I have recently been given Leave to remain 12 Jan 2010. My Mother was British born. The cost for LTR was £850, could I claim this back and rather go the route of Citizenship. Any suggestions? This cost is exorbitant to say the least.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Mary-Ann,

      Unfortunately 1st Contact will not be able to assist you with this, as it falls outside our scope of work.

      Please contact the UK Border Agency direct via the following link – http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/contact/makingacomplaint/

      Sorry we could not be of more assistance in this instance.

  • Aimee

    Hi there,

    My mother is British and my father is Kiwi. Recently I was going to naturalise as a British citizen to gain my British passport and this was going to cost 720GBP, has this cost gone down now due to the new rules that have come in?

    Thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Aimee,

      The cost of registration as a British citizen is considerably less than the fees to naturalise as a British citizen, however the potential benefits to your children are far greater if you naturalise rather than register.

      If you naturalise, your children will automatically be British, whereas if you choose to register, any children born outside the UK will also have to register (at a cost) – they will not be automatically British.

      I trust this has assisted.

  • Trent

    Hi 1st Contact,

    My Mum was born in the UK, and migrated to Australia when she was 3 with her parents. She currently has a British passport.

    I have right of abode, but this runs out at the expiry of my Australian passport in a couple of months and have been wanting to apply for a british passport for years, but it has always been too expensive.

    What do i have to do get either citizenship, or a british passport and how much will it cost me? Also, when I have children will they be eligible to live and work in the UK when they grow up as a follow on from my application for British citizenship/ Dual nationality?

    So I wanted to know costs, etc.. or Is there a link you could post for me to find this info out please?

    Thank You for your help.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Trent,

      Thank you for your comment.

      As your enquiry is quite involved, I suggest you contact us for further information:

      0800 039 3076 or visas@1stcontact.com

      We can then advise you on the most appropriate application for your current circumstances.

  • nikki

    my dad was born in uk, does this help
    my mom did have British citizenship through him

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Nikki,

      Your mother may be eligible for a settlement visa should they wish to migrate to the UK. Unfortunately she will not be eligible for British citizenship simply by being married to a Brit.

  • Jabu

    Query:
    I obtained British citizenship by naturalisation, does the change in law allow my granddaughter to apply for ancestoral visa/ british citinzenship? She is in SA with her mother, my daughter.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Jabu,

      Unfortunately your grandchildren will not be eligible for any form of British citizenship or a UK Ancestry visa, as you were not a British citizen at the time of your children’s birth(s) or were not born in the UK to be able to pass down ancestral rights.

  • krishna

    Hi there,
    My mother is a british citizen living in uk. She was born in Kenya in 1943, married my father an indian nationalin 1971. I was born in 1973 in India.Can I register myself as a british citizen under the new immigration law section 4c.
    Thanks
    Reply

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Krishna,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      What you are enquiring about is known as Colonial Registration. This is a process that requires a fair amount of research into the law applicable at the time of your birth, at the time of your ancestors births etc and how that would have affected you.

      Unfortunately, we cannot offer this service as this stage. A firm called Philip Gamble & Co may be able to offer you further assistance, their number is +44 (0)208 688 4618.

      I apologise for not being able to assist you further. If you have any other enquiries, please feel free to contact us.

  • Rob

    My mother and grand parents were born in England does this change of law allow me to obtain a British passport or am I still only able to get right of abode???? I was born prior to 83 and never reg with the British embassy.
    Cheers Rob

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Rob,

      The change in the Act has no bearing on you – as the holder of Right of Abode, you have most likely always been eligible to register as a British citizen, as you were born abroad to a mother who was born in the UK and you were born before 01/01/1983.

  • Saxon

    I don’t know what everyone is getting so excited about. This is not a new law, the law was changed in the 1980s. My younger brother was registered British before his 18th birthday. I was already over 18 and could not be registered. I thought it very unfair at the time and still do. When I was 16 my father and mother took me to the Consulate in Johannesburg and the Consul wrongly told us I had no right to be British. Zola Budd’s father took her to London before she was 18 and that worked but it was too late for me as I was misinformed. I was entitled to citizenship as my paternal grandfather was born in London but then HM Government claimed that I was not born in a foreign country but in a Commonwealth country as they only recognised the SA Republic one year after it was formed on 31 May 1961. I was born on 18 Nov 1961 and was born in the Republic. Only the Home Office recognised the Republic in 1962. I know when I was born. All possible rules were used to stop me entering the UK to live with my British parents and younger British brother. British Jtsice and a sense of fairness didn’t exist, they still don’t. If I were an asylum seeker from Somalia I’d live in a palace in London and have all expenses paid. Unfortunately I am just 100% British and have no rights to be so…

  • Emily

    I am an Australian born in 1988. My mother was not born in the UK but her father was a British-born, British navy-serving citizen.
    If this law is really supposed to end the discrimination, then is there also a change in the clause that says:
    “If your father was not born in the United Kingdom, please give the town, country and date of birth of your paternal grandfather (your father’s father), or details of your paternal grandfather’s claim to British nationality, in section 9″
    in order that I could be eligible because my mother was not born in the UK but my maternal grandfather was?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Emily,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately the amendments to the Act do not completely dismiss all discrimination based on gender – it is a unique anomaly.

      It seems you would most certainly be eligible for a UK Ancestry visa, which will grant you 5 years employment and residency rights in the UK. This visa category also leads to permanent residency and ultimately, full British citizenship.

    • Saxon

      Dear Emily

      If your father was born in the UK then it doesn’t matter where you are born or who your mother is, so long as the parents were married then the child is British.

      The children of a male born outside the UK, whose father was born in the UK, can be British if:

      1) their father takes them to the UK before they are 16 and states that they intend living there always, or
      2) they are born in a foreign, not a Commonwealth country. In my case, the Home Office decided that I was not born in a foreign country even though I was, because the Nationality Act only recognised that country’s independence one year after the country celebrated its independence. The rules can therefore be twisted to avoid a young person already aged over 18 from living with his British mother, father and siblings in the UK. The consequences of being left behind when the family leaves for the UK need not be described here.

      I am not an immigration lawyer, I can only speak from my personal experience and the laws that were used against me.

      As Australia is still in the Commonwealth, so far as I know, you were not born in a “foreign” country so your grandfather’s birthplace is of no assistance to you unless your parents were not married.

  • Andrew

    Hi, I’m on an ancestral visa, living in the UK now, planning to stay the six years until I can apply for Passport. I was born in south africa, south african mom and english father that weren’t married, and I assumed my mother’s surname. Just wondering if having an english father entitles me to any shorter route to the passport?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately persons born outside the UK prior to 1983 whose father was a British citizen but NOT married to their mother are not British citizens themselves by descent.

    • Saxon

      If your parents subsequently marry then you will automatically become British.

      If your mother is British and did not marry and you are already over 18 then you are automatically British too, as an illegitimate child takes the mother’s nationality – otherwise it would be stateless.

      If your mother declares that your official father was not your father then you are technically also illegitimate and could be British.

      In any event, it’s better to be a “British Bastard” if you need a passport! A British woman is punished under the law if she marries a non-British person as her children will not be British. Seems unfair, but that is British justice. The same applies to young people who find themselves in need and homeless on the streets in Britain. Young ladies are taken in to overnight shelter, young men are not. That’s official. I tried to help a young man to find a place to sleep – the pleasant Asian official at one of London’s borough homeless offices told me exactly that. Discrimination once again…young men can die on the streets.

  • Robyn

    Hi. My Mum was born to a British (born & bred) father and South African mother in Zambia in 1953. Although she has lived in S.A. nearly all her life, she has retained her British Passport and has never obtained S.A. citizenship. My sister and I were born in 1975 and 1982. Are we eligible to apply for citizenship and then, if accepted, British passports on the strength of her citizenship? Many thanks & kind regards, Robyn

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Robyn,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      What you are enquiring about is known as Colonial Registration. This is a process that requires a fair amount of research into the law applicable at the time of your birth, at the time of your ancestors births etc and how that would have affected you.

      Unfortunately, we cannot offer this service as this stage. A firm called Philip Gamble & Co may be able to offer you further assistance, their number is +44 (0)208 688 4618.

      I apologise for not being able to assist you further. If you have any other enquiries, please feel free to contact us.

  • Robyn

    P.S. We were born in those years in South Africa. hanks again.

  • Dave

    G’day
    My mom was british, from Bristol and my grandmother and grandfather,
    they all came to SA in about 1947, my mom married a south african, I was born here in 1949. What do I qualify for? If I have to fill in all these app. forms , does my wife have to as well? How much will it cost us?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Dave,

      Registration would be possible based on your mother being british born. Based on the new legislation, this would allow you to register as a british citizen (of course imperative that your mother did not renounce her citizenship). Marriage does not constitute immediate obtainment of a british passport or citizenship, this would need to be via a marriage visa and earned through time spend in the UK.

      Please feel free to contact us for further information.

      I hope this has been of some help!

  • Gareth

    I have a question to know if I qualify to obtain British nationality. My father was born in England and still retains his British citizenship. I was born in Canada and my parents split up when I was two years old and never got married.

    I am now 26 years old and would really like to obtain a British passport so that I can work/live in Europe hassle-free (work visa free). I have read that if my father was born in the UK and is a British citizen that I have the right to apply for nationality. Can anyone confirm this? If so, can you send me a link to a webpage where it says this?

    It’s difficult to find specific information on every citizenship/nationality scenario so I was hoping that someone on this thread might be able to help. I was also told, while in England several years back, by the Home Office that I did not qualify since my parents never got married and since I had already surpassed 18 years of age.

    I would appreciate some expertise…thank you!

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Gareth,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Unfortunately due to the fact your father was not married to your mother at the time of your birth (outside the UK), you are not eligible for British citizenship.

      It is most likely that you would be eligible for a UK Ancestry visa (5 years) if you have a grandparent who was born in the UK – note that your father’s name would need to appear on your birth certificate to prove the lineage and ancestral ties to the UK.

      Please feel free to contact us on +44 207 759 7527 or visas@1stcontact.com for further information.

  • wood

    hi
    i want to know if my mom is british born out side the uk from a( naturalized father and a pure british mom) and i was born out side the uk before 1983 can i apply for british citizenship or not?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Wood,

      Thank you for your comment.

      It is unlikely that you are eligible to Register as a British citizen, as your mother is British by descent only, which can only be passed down once to persons born outside the UK. The new rules as of 13 Jan 2010 only apply to persons still under 18 years of age.

      There is still a possibility you may be a British citizen, depending on where your mother was born and where you were born, and the dates you were both born. I suggest you log on to the following site and enter as many details as you possibly can – http://www.whatpassport.com/. At the end of the questions, you will receive results on what you are possibly eligible for.

      I trust this has assisted.

  • brenda

    Hi I am in “desperate” need of some help please.
    My daughters fianc’ee aged 20 yrs,came to the uk with his grandfather [who is his legal gaurdian ]in 2004 from nigeria.In 2005 his grandfather took ill & he went back home to die in nigeria but left his grandson here in the uk with a family friend as the boy at the time was 15 & was settled in school & didnt want to return to nigera.A few months later his grandfather died & the “friend” then kicked the boy out onto the streets to be taken into social services.
    The thing is the boys dad was born in England in 1968 & resided here for some time before returning to lagos where he fathered this child.He & the boys mother were never married,they left the boy aged 8 months old in the care of his grandparents & the boy never saw his parents again.The father emigrated to the US & we think the mother still resides somewhere in Nigera.
    The boy now has telephone contact with his father so is able to obtain some information from him.

    My daughter & this boy have been dating since 2005 & became engaged in 2008 but cannot make plans to marry as they do not know where he legal stands with obtaining british status.

    Some say he would be allowed to stay because his father was born in uk & is british,others say this is not the case unless the mother & father were married.

    {He does have an immigration solicitor whom he has had since 2004 but untill today hasnt got very far & now says he didnt know the boys parents wernt married,although he was informed of this back in 2005 & again in 2009 & this solicitor is saying he now probably wont be able to stay unless he can prove he has an established life here in uk & as he has only been in uk for 7 years it will be unlikely they will grant him permission to reside perminantly in the uk.

    He moved into our home as part of our family on a perminant basis in july 2009.
    PLEASE PLEASE help.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Brenda,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Unfortunately 1st Contact will not be able to assist you with the particular service you require, as it falls out of our scope. We can recommend that you contact the following organisation to assist you further:

      Immigration Advisory Service:

      The IAS is an independent charity that gives confidential advice, assistance and representation to persons who are applying for entry clearance for the United Kingdom.

      Their address is:

      County House
      190 Great Dover Street
      LONDON SE1 4YB

      Telephone: (+44) (0)844 974 4000
      Duty Office (24 hrs): (+44) (0)20 7967 1299
      Fax: (+44) (0)20 7378 0665
      http://www.iasuk.org

      Thank you for giving 1st Contact the opportunity to assist you and we apologise for not being able to assist you further.

  • Cynthia

    My Mother came to SA after the War and married my Father a SA citizen. My Mother’s British Citizen Ship was denouced as we were at that stage still part of the British Colony. I know that she wanted or did apply for her British Passport, how would I be able to find out, as she has since has passed on.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Cynthia,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I suggest you contact the British High Commission in Pretoria for this information, although it may not be of assistance to you if your mother renounced her British citizenship (ie was not a British citizen) at the time of your birth.

      Good luck!

  • Shandi

    Hello

    Just wanting to know about whether we (me and my sister) are able to apply for British citizenship. my situation is that my mother is a British citizen born in Singapore as my grand father was stationed there for the war(she has passed away) both my grandparents were born and bred in Britain and are now residing in Australia as British citizens. my mother married my father who is an Australian citizen and settled in Australia. can you please advise me on where i stand in regards to gaining citizenship or what we are elgible for. any informatioon to assist will be greatly appreciated.

    regards
    Shandi

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Shandi,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      There is a possibility that you may be British citizens by double descent. Otherwise, you would most likely qualify for UK Ancestry visas if you are both Commonwealth citizens.

      Please contact us for further assessment of your eligibility:

      In the UK:
      0800 856 2473

      In South Africa:
      0800 003 163

      In Australia
      1800 039 300

      or via email to visas@1stcontact.com

      We look forward to assisting you.

  • http://N/A Charlene

    Hi Im charlene,

    I was born in the UK, but my mother and father are South African, im now in South Africa with them. Is the new law allow me to have UK Citizenship or British passport?

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Charlene,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Whether you are a British citizen or otherwise will be dependant on when you were born.

      Please contact our South African office for more information on 0800 003 163 or 021 657 2180, or email to saoffice@1stcontact.com

      I trust this has assisted.

  • Joanna

    Hi

    I am South African but British by descent through my Father who was born in the UK. I have 3 boys all of whom were born in South Africa. One is 7 (born May 2002) and twin boys who are 2 (born in Aug 2007). I have recently completed application forms for them all to remain in the UK indefinitely. However i would like them to obtain british citizenship and was wondering with the change from 13th January whether this is possible? Also if there is a cost to this?

    Just another quick question. I am getting married to a British man. Does this change anything?

    Any advice would be appreciated to ensure i complete the correct forms.

    Joanna

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Joanna,

      Thank you for your query.

      Good news! As of 13 January 2010, children of British citizens by descent can be registered under section 3(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981, as long as an application is made time before their 18th birthday.

      The fact you are marrying a British citizen has no bearing on your children.

      Should you require assistance with these applications, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 039 3076 or visas@1stcontact.com

      We look forward to assisting you further.

  • Ryan Sage

    Hi,

    My Grandmother is an English Citizen living in Australia, She came over on a boat whe she was 13 years old.

    I know that her kids (my Mother) are able to apply for citizenship but i am only eligible for the 5 year ancestry Visa (which i have)
    as my mother was born in Australia.

    now that the laws have changed can i apply for british Citizenship?

    Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks for your comment.

      You would only be eligible to Register as a British citizen if you are still under 18 years of age, otherwise the UK Ancestry visa is your only option.

  • ominder

    My mother is a british citizen by registration. and has a british passport issued by British Embassy New Delhi. She was born in india in yr 1950. She got married to indian man in 1976 in india. I was born on 26th July, 1977 in india.
    As such I would like to acquire British Citizenship as I was born before 1983 on that basis. so can i apply under UKM

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Ominder,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      It is highly likely that you are eligible to Register as a British citizen. Please contact us on visas@1stcontact.com for further information and advice.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

  • emmma

    my father was born in britan and move to australian and became an austrlian citizen(but not a dul citizen)before marring my mother and me being born.

    would i still be eligibal for a british passport??

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Emma,

      Eligibilty of a British Passport would only be possible if your father was a British Citizen, renouncing of his citizenship to obtain Australian Citizenship would in effect nullify your right.

      I hope this helps!

  • Zil Khan

    Hello,

    I got a query, whether I will be entitled to apply for a british citizenship or nationality if my father holds a british passport and got his nationality in the year 2005. In addition, he been living in UK from last fifteen years. I born in a common wealth country and at the time of my birth he lived in my born country. My mum and him are still married, whereas, she still lives in home-country with my other siblings.

    I joined my father in 2004 on student visa, and still on student visa. Though, I have been doing my studies from last many years. You can understand how expensive it is for an international student to pay a huge amount of money each year. In addition, I don’t have any program to go back to my home country and want to continue my studies and live in UK (which I really enjoy).

    Your suggestions would be of great appreciation.

    Many Thanks,
    Zil.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Zil,

      Thank you for your query.

      Unfortunately due to the fact your father was not a British citizen at the time of your birth, you are not a British citizen, nor are you eligible to apply for British citizenship.

      Once you have legally resided in the UK for 10 continuous years, you would be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

  • Celia

    I have a British passport with ‘right of abode’, and a South African passport. My father was born in India in 1905 whilst his father served in the British army. His father was born in England.

    My father lived in England from the age of 4 to 16 when he emigrated with his parents and family to South Africa. He had dual citizenship: British/South African.

    Would my sons be entitled to British ancestral visas, aged in their thirties? Thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Celia,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Unfortunately your children are not eligible for UK Ancestry visas, as it seems from them information you have provided, none of their grandparents were actually born in the UK.

      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

  • brenda

    Hi I am in “desperate” need of some help please.
    My daughters who is britsh her fianc’ee aged 20 yrs,came to the uk with his grandfather [who is his legal gaurdian ]in 2004 from nigeria.In 2005 his grandfather took ill & he went back home to die in nigeria but left his grandson here in the uk with a family friend as the boy at the time was 15 & was settled in school & didnt want to return to nigera.A few months later his grandfather died & the “friend” then kicked the boy out onto the streets to be taken into social services.
    The thing is the boys dad was born in England in 1968 & resided here for some time before returning to lagos where he fathered this child.He & the boys mother were never married,they left the boy aged 8 months old in the care of his grandparents & the boy never saw his parents again.The father emigrated to the US shortly after & we think the mother still resides somewhere in Nigera.
    The boy now has telephone contact with his father so is able to obtain some information from him.

    My daughter & this boy have been dating since 2005 & became engaged in 2008 but cannot make plans to marry as they do not know where he legal stands with obtaining british status.

    Some say he would be allowed to stay because his father was born in uk & is british,others say this is not the case unless the mother & father were married.

    {He does have an immigration solicitor whom he has had since 2004 but untill today hasnt got very far & now says he didnt know the boys parents wernt married,although he was informed of this back in 2005 & again in 2009 & this solicitor is saying he now probably wont be able to stay unless he can prove he has an established life here in uk & as he has only been in uk for 7 years it will be unlikely they will grant him permission to reside perminantly in the uk.

    He moved into our home as part of our family on a perminant basis in july 2009.
    PLEASE PLEASE help.

  • Jake

    Hi there,

    I imagine my question has been asked numerous times, so I apologize in advance. My father was born in Scotland and lived there for for 12 years before moving to Canada and becoming a citizen there. I am currently a Canadian citizen myself, aged 22, and am interested in obtaining a UK passport for the purposes of working abroad. Because I am no long under the age of 18, does this mean (under the British Nationality Act of ’81) that I would likely only be eligible for a UK ancestry visa, or is there the possibility of obtaining my UK passport?
    thanks a bunch,
    j

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Jake,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      There are several factors we must consider in order to advise you accordingly, such as whether your father was still a British citizen at the time of your birth, or whether he was married to your mother at the time of your birth etc.

      Please contact us on +44 207 759 7527 or visas@1stcontact.com for further assistance.

  • Paul

    Hi ,

    My grandfather is a british citizen and my mother is also a british citizen. I was born on Nov 1983 – at the time my mother was not a british citizen. I cannot apply for right of abode that falls in category if your grandparent is a citizen as I was born after 01/1983 . Is there anything that I can do to gain citizenship as my parents/grandparents are citizens ?

    Thanks,
    Paul

  • Matt

    Hi,

    My mum was born in Scotland to fully Scottish parents. She moved to New Zealand when she was 5 years old. My dad is a New Zealand citizen, to NZ parents. Unfortunately my mum has no idea if she is still a British citizen and she now only has a NZ passport and this was the case when i was born in 1993. I would like to know wether i am eligible for a British passport and citizenship. Thanks!!

  • Matt

    By the way i was born in New Zealand!

  • Kas

    Hi,

    I am a South African and am married to a British citizen since 2002. I have perminant residence. We have two kids who have dual citizenship. Can you tell me what is involved in obtaining dual citizenship for myself and the costs involved.

    Many thanks.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Kas,
      Based on the information you provided, and you have completed one full year of your permanent residence, you would be eligible for naturalisation.

      Should you require assistance with these applications, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 039 3076 or visas@1stcontact.com

      We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Richard

    Hi,

    I’m born in Australia on the 4th of February 1988. My mum is from Britain, came here sometime in the 70′s. She has a British passport which she applied for 4 years ago, I’m wondering if I am eligible for a British passport as well. I’m unsure on what these dates mean excluding people born in certain periods.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

  • http://1stcontactenews.co.uk fakhar

    i want work in UK, i love Uk really very much. i will sacrifise my self for defending this country, i love uk tridition,i love uk people,s. in the world the uk is really dream choice.plz send me information ,and gave me some hind,s to work and entry in uk, i love Uk Really very much.

  • Charlie

    We want to immigrate to the Uk from South Africa(my husband, myself and my son). His Grandmother is a citizen and i have a great uncle who is a citizen. My grandfather was born in Scotland, however, he grew up in South Africa. He passed away a while back however. Do we qualify for immigration?

  • Penelope

    Hi
    Iwas on uk working holiday visa for two year.on th las year i was pregnant.My boyfriend was a white british citezen by birth.i had to return back to swaziland as my visa was elapsing.i was seven mnths pregnant.i ddnt want to be illegal or overstay my visa.

    my baby was born on 15 oct 2007.she holds a swazi birth cert and passport.we seperated wth her father wen i was pregnant but stil keep in touch.Wer do i register her n is she entitled to a uk passport.wot documents or information wud thy requre from her british father?

    I live in republic of ireland now and married to an irish man.My daughter lives wth my mum in swaziland.I so much need her to join me but through her fathers birth routes.

    Please help.

  • Ali

    Help will be truly appreciated.

    My Father (Born July 5th 1959 in Sierra Leone) was a British Protected Citizen at the time of my birth in Sierra Leone. He gained full citizenship almost Five years ago with the new law that stated: anyone in sierra Leone that was born before the Independence day “April 1961″ Has full rights to apply and be issued a british citizenship. I am 24 now, and I wanted to start a new life in the UK, is there anyway that I could be entitled to a british citizenship or a type of visa ie: ancestral.. etc .. I really dont know how this works. I would truly appreciate any help.

  • Jenny

    I have a rather interesting problem which includes an adoption. I was born in South Africa in 1953 to a UK mother so the change in the law in January offers me a possibility to acquire British citizenship. Here is the complication. I have my mothers UK birth certificate but at the age of about 2 years old she came to SA with her birth parents. At the age of about 6, she was adopted by her aunt (her birth fathers sister) — don’t ask! The name she assumed for the rest of her life was her full birth name plus the new surname of her adoptive parents added on. eg. she changed from Jane Austin to Jane Austin Jones. This was the name she had by the time she married my father & then later gave birth to me.
    Not only do I have her original UK birth certificate but I also have the official SA adoption papers which are signed by her birth parents & her adoptive parents with all names & dates of birth matching perfectly. I also obviously have all my legal documentation. So, I approached a lawyer who put together a very professional submission, sent it to the Embassy in Pretoria — and it was sent back immediately with a query on the surname. They wanted to know why the UK birth certificate did not say (for example) Jane Austin Jones? Could I please supply them with a birth cerificate with that name on it!!
    So, how do I do that when she was actually born (for example) Jane Austin & was adopted (with full proof submitted) and then assumed the name Jane Austin Jones? Surely you can only have one birth certificate ever?
    And of course, you are not allowed to speak to anyone at the Embassy!
    Sorry for the really long post. Any suggestions on how I overcome this? [My mother died in 1979 so we can get no assistance there]

  • Beanrn

    If my sons father is a British citizen and he pays child support to him in America but is not on his birth certificate, is my son allowed dual citizenship, or does his father have to be on his birth certificate in order for it to happen? Paternity has already been established.

  • nanda

    Hello!
    i m interested to know if i m eligible for british passport or anything
    My mother is a full british citizen, she was born in Hong Kong and got her british ciizenship through BNO .
    i was born in 1982 Hong kong now 28.
    will i be able to make a claim through my mother?

    • Susmita

      hey i’ve got the same problem but i’m only 15 now.
      did u get your answer?
      can you or can you not apply through your mother?

      -waiting for your reply

  • wood

    hi well first thanx for advising me to use the whatpassport website,and i found that i was eligiable to apply, as you were not sure about it,so is it an accurate website?

    • http://www.1stcontact.com 1st Contact Visas

      Hi Wood,

      Thank you for your comment.

      1st Contact is a preferred partner of http://www.whatpassport.com and we have verfied all the content regarding UK, Australia and New Zealand immigration laws.

      Please be advised that http://www.whatpassport.com is a guide and it is always advisible to contact a registered immigration agent to assist with visa applications.

      Should you like us to be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us on http://www.1stcontact.com

      Regards,

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  • http://www.1stcontact.com/blog/featured-news/british-citizenship-opens-thousands juliet

    My mom was one of three children she was the middle child born in zimbabwe , My grandfather came out of the UK to work for a Private UK based Company in Zimbabwe .My mother was born in 1958. All of my first cousins have made application through this new ruling for British citizenship and have been successful and are now applying for British Passports. I need to know whether I can also apply for this .I do believe that Zimbabwe was under british rule at the time of my mothers birth 1958.

    I would appreciate your feed back I am very interested in aquiring a British Passport but I need to have all the facts so that I can make an informed decision before I start with this application process. It is extremely expensive but I feel as if it is my Birth Right and I would like to pursue it .

    Many Thanks

    • http://www.1stcontact.com/blog/featured-news/british-citizenship-opens-thousands juliet

      REPLY

  • kenneth

    hi,my grandad was british by birth/citezenship.he lived n died in swaziland.my dad his son has also died.As my grandad was a british citezen,can i apply 4 a visa through him,im 51yrs and a swazi.

    • Frank Orellana

      I am interested if a Granson of a British Born Citenzip can apply to a GB passport

      Thks

  • shaRonP

    some help please.
    my daughter was born in the uk to a non uk citizen but who has indefinate leave.does my daughter qualify to geting a british passport? she was born in 2008 but he has had his leave years before her birth.

    thank you for your advise.

    • http://www.1stcontactvisas.com Robyn Cory

      Hi ShaRonP,

      Based on the fact that the childs’ father holds indefinite leave to remain, the child is eligible to be registered as a British Citizen and apply for a British Passport.

      Should you like us to be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us on http://www.1stcontact.com

  • claire

    i’m an international student, i’m pregnant with my british boyfriend. what is the citizenship of my baby? thank you..

  • http://www.1stcontact.com/blog/featured-news/british-citizenship-opens-thousands/ AB

    I pass my life in the uk text in 2007 and i got my indefinite leave to remain in June 11th 2010.Could you tell me please
    can i still use the same result when applying or i have to take the test again?Can i apply for citizenship stright away?
    All the best

  • maryam

    I RECEIVED MY UK BRITISH NATIONALITY FROM BNO JUST SOME DAYS AGO.
    ALL IN ALL IT TOOK LIKE 10 WEEKS FROM DATE OF APPLICATION SUBMISSION TO GET A REPLY TO ATTEND A BRITISH CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY.
    LIVE IN HONG KONG AND MOVING TO LONDON IN SOME FEW MONTH’S ONCE I GET MY WORK TRANSFER.

    FROM THE 10 WEEKS TO ATTENDING THE CEREMONY AND RECEIVING A UK PASSPORT TOOK ANOTHER FEW WEEKS-3/4.

    SO ALTOGETHER YOUR LOOKING AT 14 WEEKS.
    JUST UNDER 4 MONTHS.

    BEST OF LUCK TO ANYONE APPLYING.

  • Locksmith Knoxville

    For reasons uknown i’m ending up with a blank page once i make an attempt to post a comment,do you know as to why its happening?i’m applying oprea web-browser

  • Wayne

    My wife and i are both British citizens through our fathers who were both born in the UK we have recently had a little girl who is 6 months old and was born in South Africa and we want her to become a British citizen as-well , is there a loop whole in which we may get her a passport or any way that we may obtain one without living in the UK for 5 years and excluding paying ridiculous prices for visas?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Kamran

    I am a Portuguese National, I am residence of UK since Sep 1998. I went to India in 2004 to do my Graduation which ended in 2008, in between 2004 and 2008 I was coming to uk after every 6 months in summer holidays for 4 weeks. I finished my degree in July 2008 since then I have only been to India twice for 4 weeks. My passport was renewed in Sep 2008. I cant remember the exact months and dates I was away for before Sep 2008.
    Can please anyone suggest that weather I am eligible to apply for British Nationality or not if I am then what do I do about the time I was absent during my studies which I do not know in exact dates.
    Reply

  • Kiran Das

    Hello, My grandfather and grandmother were both british subject they died around 1970′s. On my father’s birth certificate he has british subject status.
    My question is, can he apply for residency in UK. My parents are both in Tanzania (East Africa)

    Please advice.

    Thank you

  • shaRonP

    Thank you for your reply i am so grateful for your help.thank god all went well and my daughter now has her british passport.I would love to come back to the uk with her to live but i do not have rights.is there anything or way that i can be allowed to come in and be able to work and give my girl a better life? i lived in the uk legally and worked for over two years.i am desperate for a better life for my girl.please tell me what i should do.

    thanking you in advance

  • Leo

    I am 69 years old and a usa citizen but my grand mother is a uk citizen by birth ,am i qualify to live in uk and am I a uk citizen.thanks in advance

    • http://www.1stcontact.com Robyn Cory

      Hi Leo,

      Based on your Grandmothers birth in the United Kingdom, you would qualify for an Ancestral Visa. This is a 5 year Employment Category,multiple entry visa, allowing you to work and live in the United Kingdom. The pathway to obtain citizenship, would require your completing 5 years continious residency in the UK, and application for Indefinite leave to Remain (Permanent Residency). Completion of 12 months minimum on ILR, will allow for application for Naturalisation as a British Citizen.

  • Dave

    My mother was born in England and my father was born in Scotland. I was born in Canada, and am a Canadian citizen, and have a Canadian passport. Am I eligible for British citizenship (and a British passport)? And can I have this WITHOUT giving up my Canadian citizenship / passport? Thank you.

    If this is possible, (a) how do I proceed? (b) what would be an approximate estimate of the cost? Thank you again!

  • john

    Hi

    I hope you can help. I am a British citizen and my partner is Australian. We have a child together that was born in Australia last December. They both arrived in the UK in May of this year. They both came here on a tourist visa and were currently waiting on our child a British passport as we applied for that last week.
    I have recently found out that if my partner wants to remain in the UK then she has to fly back to Australia and apply for a new visa from there.
    We have rang the home office and they’ve been no help at all. Is there any way in which she can stay on a more permanent visa without leaving the UK. We haven’t the finances to pay for flights back an forth to Australia and we don’t want our child to be away from both parents for too long.

    If there is no other option than for her to go back to Australia then can you please advise us both on what sort of visa she will need. I have looked on the internet at spouse visas but that says you need to be together for 2 years and we have both been together since February of last year so not quite 2 years yet.
    I have also looked at tier youth visas but that says you aren’t allowed any dependent children.

    please can anyone help

  • sarah

    Hi,
    I am a british citizen but my parents aren’t, i would like to know if they have the right to get a British nationality as now i’m living in the UK since January 2010.
    Many thanks

  • alam

    can i register my babt son as a uk citizen if huis mother is not, and over stayed her visa please can any one help.

    • Kelly

      Dear Alam

      Your child may have a claim to British Nationality if you are a British National, his mother has an individual status in the UK and this should not affect your son if you are a British National.

      I trust this has assisted.

  • alam

    is my child a british citizen if i am, and his mother is not?

  • sammy

    i just a a question i am an american my babys father is british if i have the baby here in america and put him on the birth certificate will my baby be able to become a british citizent?

    • Leanne

      Hi Sammy,

      Thank you for your question.

      I’m assuming that your childs father was born in the United Kingdom and attained his citizenship through birth. If this is the case, your child may be eligible for British Citizenship through descent. I would recommend completing your details on http://www.whatpassport.com as it will come up with various passport and visa solutions for yourself and your child.

      regards,
      Leanne

  • Henry

    Hello,

    I am an Australian Citizen and hold a current valid Australian passport.
    I wish to get a British passport.
    My mothers father (i.e. My grandfather) was a british citizen (now dead) and held a british birth certificate which I have on me.
    My mother also held a british passport which has now expired.
    Am I applicable for a british passport? If so, could you please advise me as to what forms I need to fill out and what supporting documentation I must supply.

  • Leanne

    Hi Henry,

    Many thanks for your query.

    Unfortunately as your mother was not physically born in the UK you are not able to claim a British passport through her.

    You are able to apply for an Ancestral visa based on your grandfather being born in the UK. This is a 5 year visa which allows you to live and work in the UK.

    Should this be something you would be intrested in pursuing, please do not hesitate to contact us on immigration@1stcontact.com

    Kind regards,
    Leanne

  • Sidrah

    Hi, Im 17yrs old. My parents immigrated legally to London in 1990, and have papers to prove this. Me and my older sister were born in hammersmith, uk. We have our birth certificates that are from hammersmith. We moved from the uk a few years after I was born and never returned. Can I claim British citizenship on the basis that my parents were legal in the uk and I was born there in 1994? If so how will it work and where can I get more info on this? Thanks a ton! :D

  • http://1stContact Jason T

    Hi Sidrah

    Thanks for your query.

    If a child is born in the UK they will not automatically be entitled to claim British Nationality if the parent/s are holding temporary visas for the UK.

    A temporary visa is any visa that has an expiry date. The child would be required to be added as a dependant on the back of the parent/s temporary visa and follow the same immigration route as the parent/s.

    Only if the parent becomes settled (indefinite leave to remain/permanent residency) can the child then become British or if the parent is already settled and then the child is born in the UK.

    With every best wish,

    Jason T

  • Sidrah

    Hi my parents had permanent residency in the uk when I was born, so will that allow me to claim it then?

  • Imogen

    Hi, my daughter is 11 years old and holds an ancestry visa. She has lived in the UK for nearly 9 years. Originally she was granted 4 year ancestry visa and then we reapplied for another 5 year visa. I hold a British passport by descent and her father also holds an ancestry visa. We are not married.
    My first question is can we apply for a British passport for my daughter under section 3(5) or do we need for apply for ILR first?
    My second question is, Her father also needs to either apply for an extension of his ancestry visa or ILR. The reason we are thinking of not going for ILR is we may leave the country at the end of the year for a period of two years or more. What will happen to his ILR

    • Kelly

      Hi Imogen

      Your daughter has to follow her father’s route. He should apply for ILR and she is added as a dependant on his application.
      Once they have ILR, they can spend up to 2 years outside of the UK, however it is recommended that they remain in the UK until they have their passports (usually 12 months after getting ILR).

  • Omar

    Hi!

    My parents are born in British Protected State Kuwait in the 1950′s and my grandparents in British Mandate Palestine in the 1920′s can I get some form of British Nationality?

    They all currently hold Jordanian nationality

    Thanks!

    • Saad

      hi Omar,
      we have the same case here…
      so did anybody replied to you?
      or did you find anything about this issue?

      Regards
      saad

  • Marius Loubser

    My wifes great grand parents were born in the uk before 1922. Her parents both have british passports but were born in South Africa. Can my wife get a British passport

  • afnan

    hey…
    i was born in england on 1990 and my brother on 1989….both of my parents are not a british citiz..but my dad was studing in england for more than 6 years..
    do we have the right to get a british passports…and i really want to live there…
    i hope to get a good enswer from you soon thanx …

  • Jason

    Hi

    As you were born in the UK this does not automatically entitle you to claim British nationality.

    You could only have achieved this if your parent/s were ‘settled’ at the time of your birth (settled referring to either holding permanent residency or indefinite leave to remain, or a British passport)

    If your parents were only holding a temporary visa for the UK (a student visa as an example) then you would not have been eligible to claim British nationality, only a student dependency visa.

  • Livingstone

    My child was born in uk but the parents are not uk citizens:Is my child entitled to citizenship in future?

  • Kelly

    Hi Livingstone

    A child born in the UK to a parent(s) who holds Indefinite Leave to Remain at the time of their birth will be entitled to Registration as a British Citizen, in the same way a child who was born in the UK to a parent(s) who hold Limited Leave to Remain at the time of their birth will be allowed to Register as a British Citizen once one / both of the parents have aquired Indefinite Leave to Remain.

  • seema

    hi baby born in uk but parents have not british nationlity they have indian natinality is baby when apply british passport is she illegibal to apply .

  • Kelly

    Hi Seema

    A baby born in the UK will require a visa unless one of the parents holds ILR / British Citizenship.

    if the parents do not hold any immigration status in the UK, the baby is also considered to be in the UK illegally.

  • Grace

    Hello. I have a baby with a british citizen. He left me when I was
    pregnant. I hold a DNA test performed in Bristol which was paid for him. Since then I haven’t heard about him. I would like to know if I am entitled to claim british passport for my daughter and if I can live with her in the UK.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you

    Thanks for your assistance

  • Grace

    Hello. I have a baby with a british citizen but I live in Colombia. He left me when I was pregnant. I hold a DNA test performed in Bristol which was paid for him. Since then I haven’t heard about him. I would like to know if I am entitled to claim british passport for my daughter and if I can live with her in the UK.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you

    Thanks for your assistance

    • Penny

      Hi Grace,I was in ur situation 2 yrs ago for my 4 yr old daughter.Your daughter will be granted a passport only if the father is co operating.Thyl need his birth cert and a bio page of his passport.Also if u put his name on birth cert.All the best.

  • Kelly

    Hi Grace

    If your child’s birth certificate shows the father’s name and you can obtain a birth certificate for the Father, I believe your child will be in a position to obtain a British Passport.

    I trust this has assisted.

  • Jennette

    Hello, I got a son 2 years old to a British father who is not married to me, were working both in Dubai, and he got back in UK , and I got back to philippines, the plan is that he will come to sing the birth certificate of my son but he change the plan…. he never support our baby…. my son birth certifcate the fathers name doest appear only my name…my frends keep telling me that i can take british passport for my child and 10 years visa for myself… when i try to check with my frend working in UK embassy, she said i should have the passport copy and DNA test, is there any procedure because im here in philippes now and no news from the father…. i have contact no and address from UK… please advice?

  • Elvira Dahm

    Hello. My father is a british subject in Borneo, Malaysia. Can I apply for citizenship or permanent resident?

    Thank you.

    • Kelly

      Dear Elvira

      For the purpose of British Nationality law, Malaysia held various statuses and therefore I cannot confirm your eligibility for British Citizenship based on your fathers birth in Malaysia.

      We would need to investigate Malaysia’s status at the time of your fathers birth, details of your birth and how you are affected by Nationality law relating to your fathers birth in Malaysia.

      To investigate these solutions, please refer to the following link for our fee online visa and passport assessment: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx

  • Laura Scheckter

    In 1988 I got a right of abode stamp in my Canadian passport. It is gone now as I have had to update my psssport over the past 25 years. I have a social security number card still in my possession. How do I go & live & work in the UK? My busband & sons have British passports

    • Jason

      Hi Laura

      You can re-apply to have your ROA issued in your new passport.

      We can assist with your application.

      Could you please confirm where your mother and father were born and were you born before 1983? Depending on your answer you may be entitled to British citizenship/British passport.

      Please respond to immigration@1stcontact.com

      Regards

      Jason

      1st Contact

  • Rasheda

    Hello, i am a national of the caribbean island of st.lucia. my grand father was a naturalised british citizen as he lived and worked there for many years. before he went to the uk he had my father out of wedlock, but when he went to the uk he married (a st.lucian as well), got citizeshipn and his children from that marriage have british passports, as well as some of their grand children. what i want to know is where does this leave my father and myself. is my father eligible for british citizenship being he was my grnad father’s first child? am i able to get an ancestry visa or any form of citizenship or right to abode on the fact that i am his grand daughter. keep in mind my grand father is deceased and unfortunately my father did not share his last name. (due to the out of wedlock thing) your answer would be greatly appreciated.

  • Readicat2

    My mother (recently deceased) was a UK citizen and passport holder. She married my Dad , an American serving in the U.S. Air Force stationed in England. I was born in the U.S. in 1970 while they were stationed stateside, but lived in the UK for many years. As a U.S. citizen, am I eligible for a UK passport or residency because of my Mum? Thanks.

  • wendy nortje

    My father renounced his South African passport and citizenship and became a British citizen and had a British passport. (he passed away a few years ago). His parents were British. I have an Australian passport and have become an Australian citizen. Am I eligible to obtain/apply a British passport?

  • Jessica

    My husband and I are both British citizens by descent. We have never lived in the UK. We would like to move there. We have a 1 year old daughter who was born in South Africa. I am told she cannot travel on my passport. What would we need for her?

  • Winston

    My gradfather was British but I have no information about him. I was bourn in Ecuador and would like to obtain a British passport.

  • Ally

    I have a 15 years old daughter from a past relationship and she’s not with me here in uk , I am a British citizen and I want her to be with me here in England could somebody help me what to do and what documents to produce to get her a visa.

  • rohit

    Hi I am India born British and got my granddaughters in India want to bring them here can any one help me

  • Zena woolnough

    I was phisically born to an English father out of the uk , can my children aquire british nationality?

  • lennie

    Lennie

    I have a 12
    years old son from a past relationship and he’s not with me here in uk , I am a British citizen and I want him to be with me here in England could somebody help me what to do and what documents to produce to get him a visa.

  • Kerry-Ann So Bless Christie

    Someone help me plz…. I am 27 September and my dad is born in the Uk in 1961…. now he wants me to come there and visit and maybe work…. i heard he cant apply for citizenship by descent because am pass 18….. what can he apply for to make me go there?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Kerry-Ann

      As your father was born in the UK, were your parents married at the time of your birth or at any stage thereafter?

      As based on your father being born in the UK, you may still have a claim to citizenship.

      If you would like to contact a 1st Contact consultant directly, please email Kristy at: kristy.goate@1stcontact.com

  • tarek

    My father is a british national(he was german before) married an english woman and then got seperated,he met my mother(egyptian) and they got married but he fileed the divorce after the wedding by a day to the english woman,since then i dont know if im eligible for a uk citizenship and everybody giving me different answers. i was born on 31st 12 1988

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Tarek

      Qualifying for British citizenship will vary per case and will depend entirely on how your father qualified for a British passport.

      If your father was born (or naturalised) in the UK then you may be eligible to qualify for British citizenship by descent.

      If you have a grandparent that was born in the UK (and you are a commonwealth national) then you could qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa (5yr Work visa).

      We would recommend getting in touch with our visas team:

      http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/

  • nadeem

    help me plz,my parents settled in uk in 1985, both of them r british nationals now, can i claim for british nationality, i was born in 1970 here in pakistan, n still living in pakistan. i ll be grate full if u guide me plz

    • 1st Contact

      If your parents had naturalised as British citizens (before you were born) then you may have been eligible to claim British citizenship by descent.

      In order to naturalise as a British citizen a foreign national would need to hold a valid visa for the UK and live in the UK for a certain period of time (usually 5 years) – the applicant would need to qualify for permanent residency (also known as Indefinite leave to remain) and then apply to Naturalise – provided certain requirements are met.

      As your parents naturalised after you were born you will not be eligible to qualify for British citizenship by descent.

  • Macho

    Good day :-) I was recruited from South Africa 13 years ago and my husband joined me three years later so we both applied for British citizenship which we got. I’m still actively working as a nurse and husband as cabinet maker. Seeing that I was considering to go back to SA we now have decided to stay in the UK. In the meantime my children now adults have decided to come and join us as they can’t see light at the end of the tunnel in SA. I’m happy for there decisions because they made it by themselves and a answer to all my prayers. Only thing is where do we start to get the ball rolling? Can somebody help or give me advise please!!!

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Martha,

      Because your British citizenship was gained through a UK
      working visa, your children would only be able to come over as dependents if
      they were under the age of 18. As this is not the case they need to gain
      independent visas for themselves.

      Unless they have British ancestry, or a British spouse, then
      the Tier 2 working visa would be the only available option.

      This requires a sponsorship certificate from a UK employer
      who is registered to sponsor. We can assist your children once they have gained
      sponsorship, and we can also assist a potential employer to register to
      sponsor.

      If you need more information – please don’t hesitate to
      contact us.

  • martin

    I am a british citizen by birth. I did not register my 19
    year old son who was born in the USA. Is he still entitled to B
    ritish citizenship through decent?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Martin,

      Thank you for your question.

      British nationality is passed on automatically in the male line where the subject is born abroad to a British born father, provided the father of the subject is their biological father, the parents were married at the time of the subjects birth (if born before 01.07.2006) and the father in question was British at the time of the birth.

      Should your son fit the criteria outlined above, he has a claim to a British passport now.

      Please let us know if you have any further questions. Alternatively, you can email info@philipgamble.co.uk if you require anything else.

      • martin

        My next question would be how does he apply? Does he just apply for a british passport or does he have to apply or British citizenship first?

        • 1st Contact

          Hi Martin,

          As your son may already be British, a direct passport application may be possible. However we can’t confirm this without having established his exact position. We would therefore recommend getting in touch with our Nationality team to confirm your son’s eligibility before you go ahead.

          Please email info@philipgamble.co.uk.

  • Nelson

    I am a british citizen but originally from Nigeria, I obtained my British Ctizenship through marriage to a British national. I have 2 children from my previous marriage both under 18 still in Nigeria but will join me in September, Please how long will the chilren have to wait before they qualify for british passport?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Nelson,

      Thank you for your question.

      Foreign nationals are usually required to spend at least six years in the UK where they’ve entered the UK on settlement visas. There are varying provisions available for applicants in different circumstances, i.e. your children may already have a claim but all of this depends on your family circumstances.

      For more specific advice on the position of your children and their claim to British nationality, please email info@philipgamble.co.uk.

      Please let us know if there’s anything else we can help you with.

  • Natlie

    Hello I was born in 1982 to a British father but my parents were not married. I am now an adult. Do I have a claim to British Citizenship

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Natlie,

      Thank you for your question.

      Due to the information you’ve provided, it seems that a direct claim to citizenship will unfortunately not be possible. We have however, come across circumstances where it’s still possible for claims to succeed. To have this determined, further research into your specific circumstances will be required.

      If you would like to get in touch with an advisor who will be able to assist you, please contact info@philipgamble.co.uk or call +27 21 657 2139.

  • Gaynor Swanepoel

    Hi there, I am a South African with British citizenship. My birth was registered in the uk and I have a certificate. I lived and worked in the uk for 4 consecutive years. Is my daughter eligible for a British passport, she was born in South Africa in April 2011.
    Thanks! I need help in clarifying this as I’ve heard too many different stories.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Gaynor,

      It is likely that your daughter is eligible for a British Passport. However, this
      will depend on how you acquired your British citizenship, and therefore she may first need to be registered as a British citizen.

      Our team of advisers will be able to assess your daughter’s claim to citizenship and offer you detailed advice as to what your next step should be.

      To get in touch with one of our advisers, you can email info@philipgamble.co.uk or call +27 (0) 21 657 2139.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Tammy lewis

    Hi my boyfriend is a portugues citizen who’s lived here in the uk since 2011. Since he’s been here in the uk he has done nothing but work and study, but then this year in august he was arrested along with his friend for a crime his friend committed he is now serving a 5 year sentence in a private run prison in the uk. I was just woundering will he still have the rights to remain living , working and studying here when he gets released or is there a possibility that he could be deported back to Portugal? Also he has family living here in the uk and his mother also lives here she would of been here for 5 years the begining of next year.

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Tammy,

      Thank you for your question.

      It would all depend on the crime your boyfriend committed. However, it’s likely that once he has completed his five year sentence he would be able to continue living in the UK.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to email immigration@1stcontact.com.

  • Jhennelle Pinkyjay Johnson

    My dad is a British citizen through marriage, he had my name on his documents back then when he was doing his paper work. I am now 22 can he still help me to get a British passport?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Jhennelle,

      Thank you for your question.

      It depends on what section of the Nationality Act your father obtained naturalisation and the date he obtained this.

      We’re more than happy to help you, but please could you provide us with some more information.

      If you would like to speak to a consultant, you can call +44(0)20 8688 4618 or you can email info@philipgamble.co.uk.

      Alternatively, you can fill out the form on http://www.whatpassport.com. This will help you determine whether you’re able to obtain a British passport.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.

  • Mercy

    Mercy
    my husband was a late British soldier, got married to him and had a child for him am i entitled to uk british citizen? thank you for your advice.