Why apply for a UK Visa when you could have the Passport?

Could you be eligible for a British Passport?

No?

Are you sure?

According to Robyn Cory from 1st Contact Visas, there are thousands of people – particularly from Commonwealth countries – who often are not aware they may be eligible through Nationality law at the time of their birth and their ancestry that they may be eligible for a UK passport, when in fact they do qualify.

“A nationality status trace through 1st Contact Visas, along with the relevant supporting documentation could well put you on your way to British citizenship, and all the possibilities that opens up.”

A Complicated System

British nationality law – the UK law concerning British citizenship – is complex because of the UK’s former status as an imperial power.

Anyone who has attempted to assess their own eligibility for UK citizenship will know it is a long and complicated process through an even more complicated system, with an enormous number of variables.

The bottom line is that if you’re a citizen of a commonwealth country like South Africa, Australia or New Zealand, Canada etc, you may be able to claim UK nationality depending on a combination of factors including marriages, births, legislation and past relationships between the countries.

Professional Trace Service

1st Contact Visas is well positioned to assist with ascertaining your rights to British citizenship by either naturalisation or registration.

Naturalisation as a British citizen can occur after you have lived in the UK for a qualifying period of up to 5 years on a relevant visa and successfully applied and obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). After holding ILR for a further 12 month period and meeting of continuous residency requirements in the UK, you can apply for Naturalisation, British Citizenship.

British citizenship can also be obtained by Registration. If for instance you were born prior 1 Jan 1983 and your mother was born in the UK, you will qualify for registration as a British citizen straight away. If you were born prior to 07 Feb 1961, you will only be eligible to hold Right of Abode (RoA) and then once you have resided in the UK for 5 continuous years on this status, you will be eligible to naturalise.

To find out more or complete the FREE online assessment, visit www.1stcontactvisas.com or call 0808 141 1664 (UK), 021 657-2180 (South Africa) or 1800 039 300 (Australia).

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  • Roger Sefton

    Hi,
    Interested in further information on British passport. I am Australian, married to Brit and have just relocated back to UK (after 7 years in Asia).
    I currently have settlement visa.
    Our longer term intentions (3 or 4 years) is to settle in Europe. Obviously holding a British passport (compared to Australian) helps with immigration issues that would arise.
    I look forward to hearing from you
    Best regards
    Roger Sefton
    07776196581

  • Andrew

    That’s it?! I was expecting some unknown factor which could provide alot people passports who didn’t think they qualified. If parents born in UK you can get passport.. WOW! Who knew. I bet there is so many people with British parents who didn’t even check!? What a stupid article.

  • Mark

    I was born in the then Northern Rhodesia in September 1959. My parents and Grandparents on my mother’s side were South African, but held British Subject passports. My mother is still a British subject and has Right of Abode in the UK. What possibility is there for a British passport?

  • http://eZenith.com Gareth

    As I understand it, if my parents and grandparents were born in the Commonwealth country that I am from then all that I can qualify for is a UK Work Permit, for which I require a job first?

  • mathew calder

    my grandparents were full british citizens and my father was born in a british protectorate so what are my chances of getting a passport or cirizenship in brittain

  • Dan

    Wrong – the ruling on being born on or after 7th of February 1961 to a British citizen mother in order to be eligible to register as a British citizen was abolished in January 2010.

    You are entitled to register as a British citizen even if you were born before 7th February 1961.

    Facts are king in terms of British citizenship entitlement, I recommend you get it right.

  • Dan

    Also, Right of Abode (RoA) is only available to those born in Commonwealth countries whose country of nationality had never left the Commonwealth prior to 1st January 1983 (i.e.nationals of South Africa and Pakistan are not entitled to hold Right of Abode).

    • Margaret

      Iam Kenyan,born 1959 during the British Rule.Am I not British?Please stop discriminating me.It is a nightmare really.For how long do I remain in this situation?
      .Am sick and terminally ill.My days are numbered,am HIVpositive ,am not doing well at all.please have compassion on me like Jesus did.Only do it for me each situation calls for uniqueness.God bless you.

  • Andrew

    Dan@ That is not right. Not your wording anyway.

    It is for Commonwealth citizens who had the right of abode before 1 January 1983 already and who have not, since then, ceased to be Commonwealth citizens.

  • Andrew

    Not sure what the “Wrong” was referring to as got email now but comment is dated before mine, but if was aimed at me, what I actually stated was a cut and past from the government website on RoA visa. So I guess they are wrong ;o)

  • http://1stContact sandeep parsotam

    I am a dual citizen, south african and british and I live in england. My parents still live in sout africa. How, or what visa will they require to join me in england? What is the process?

    Thanks

  • Dawn Butler

    Hi
    If some one could just give me some clarity. My Father Was Born in the U.K from his parents whom were at the time of his birth, were also British Citizens. He came to South Africa in his mid 25`s, where he met my Zambian Born mother, in SA. They were married and I was born on the 30th December, 1981. What Visa/Status would I qualify for?

    Please Help.

  • bob stephen

    Dan (23 June) is quite right. I was born in 1946. Last year I registered as a British citizen and I now have my British passport.People born to a UK-born parent fall into one of four categories:
    1. Born before 1 July 2006 to a British father.
    Can apply for a passport PROVIDED that the parents were married at some stage either before or after the applicant’s birth. (The marriage does not have to have taken place in the UK.)
    2. Born on or after 1 July 2006 to a British father.
    Can apply for a passport. The parents’ marital status is irrelevant.
    3. Born on or after 1 January 1983 to a British mother.
    Can apply for a passport. The mother’s marital status is irrelevant.
    4. Born before 1 January 1983.
    Must first register as a British citizen, using form UKM. The applicant will be notified when registration has been approved and will then be required to attend a citizenship ceremony at a British consulate. He or she will receive a Certificate of Regiastration as a British Citizen and will then be able to apply for a British passport.The mother’s marital status is irrelevant.
    Of course if both parents were born in the UK then the applicdant will fall into two categories and can apply through either parent.

  • bob stephen

    Omitted from 4: Born before 1 January 1983 to a British mother.
    In 4. The spelling of ‘registration’ is wrong.

  • bob stephen

    So is the spelling of ‘applicant’

  • julie

    So to eb clear – if I am a British (dual) citizen – my children can apply for British passports and will they be able to work in UK or EEC? Any restrictions?

  • Stephen

    I applied for a UK passport back in 2000 and received it through the mail. My father was born there and even though I was born in the US and am a citizen, I had no problem getting a passport. I went on to live in Spain legally for 10 years and purchase land. It is a fantastic document to have and allows a lot more options to where I live and work!

  • Shelly

    Both my parents were born in Rhodesia (1955 \ 1957) at that stage Rhodesia was part of the Commonwealth! Also my great grandfather commissioned a Ship in honor of her Majesty. Do they not qualify for some or other UK document?

    • http://1stContact Jason T

      Hi Shelly

      Your parent’s could be eligible for British citizenship but please note that British Nationality cases have a degree of complexity that requires us to undertake further research before we can give a formal opinion.

      Without undertaking some research, we cannot give a definitive answer, nor rule out a claim. In these cases, we prefer to perform a UK Status Trace. This involves researching your family situation and providing a written, multi-page report setting out our findings.

      Please let me know if you require furtehr details.

      Jason Trudgian – 1st Contact Visas

  • Kerensa Birch

    I’m just after general advice right now to see if I should take it further.

    My father was born in Egypt in 1928, when it was a British Protectorate, to UK born parents. His birth was registered at the UK Consulate in Alexandria and his passport states ‘British Subject by Birth’. I was born in 1960 in NZ (my mother and her parents were NZ born also).

    I have been told by another (Australian) company that I may be able to claim British citizenship by Double Descent. Does this sound viable to you?

    I have recently moved to the UK with an Ancestry work visa but would really prefer a British passport.

    • Jason Trudgian

      Hi Kerensa

      Thank you for your query.

      The laws governing UK Nationality (and who can become British) are very complex.
      This is principally because of Britain’s colonial history and its position as
      head of the Commonwealth. The normal routes to British Nationality are through Residency, Marriage or Birth.

      However, those who have a parent or grandparent born in the UK, Ireland or ANY of Britain’s former colonies or territories (over 100 countries or jurisdictions) may have a claim to one of the five forms of British Nationality. In particular, if a person whose own place of birth is DIFFERENT to those of
      either parent or any grandparent, these chances increase substantially.

      Without undertaking some research, we cannot give you a definitive answer though, nor rule out a claim. In these cases, we prefer to perform a UK Status Trace. This involves researching your family situation and providing a written, multi-page report setting out our findings. This will give a final and definitive answer as to whether you and your direct family (parents, siblings, partner) have a valid claim to British Nationality or not.

      Our fee for the Status Trace is £350.

      Our office is based in Croydon.

      Please let me know if you are interested.

      Jason Trudgian – 1st Contact Visas

  • michelle

    Hi could you please help me if i and my parents where born in rhodesia in 1948/1942 and myself in 1965 can we apply for a british passport or ancestral visa my father had a british passport at one stage during the time we lived in rhodesia we are now living in south africa and have sa passports

    many thanks michelle

  • Jackie Wright

    Hi I’m hoping someone can be of help and clear up my confusion due to conflicting advice iv been receiving lately. Iv reciently been told that due to my ancestrial visa obtained through my grandparents and the fact that iv been living in the uk for 7 years going on to 8 years now. That it is not necessary for me to go through the process of applying for ILR. Basically I can skip this step and apply for my citizenship directly due the fact that iv been living in the uk for more than 5 years. Is this true? I was born in 1987.

    Many thanks for any help

  • Kelsey Bonnet

    Good day,

    I am writing to you on behalf of my father. He is a South African, looking into the possibility of acquiring a British Passport.

    His great grandfather was born in London, England and his grandfather was born in Alexandria during the period when Egypt was under British rule.

    We are just interested in finding out whether or not he would be eligible to apply.

    Your assistance in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

    Many Thanks,
    Kelsey

  • Kobie Smith

    I was born on 7 September 1960 in Southern Rhodesia. I still have my birth setificate At the time of my birth both my parents had British passports.( I dont have copies of it) . They came back to SA in 1962. Would I be able to get a British Passport and my children? Would they be able to work in the UK? Kindly advise.

    Kobie Smith

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Kobie,

      Thanks for your message.

      Being born in Rhodesia during the federal period did give rise to a status known as federal citizenship. Depending on the type of British passports your parents held when you were born, it’s possible that you may have a claim to British Nationality.

      These types of nationality claims are quite complex, so you’d need to undergo a status trace through Philip Gamble. You can email one of our consultants on info@philipgamble.co.uk, or alternatively, please let me know if you’d like one of them to call you. Thanks

  • Christine Terre Blanche

    My husband was born in 1944 in Kenya. His mother was also born in Kenya in 1912. Her parents are indicated on her birth certificate as Mother – British. Father British subject. I have tried to obtain any documentation from Kenya but to no avail. Do I qualify for British citizenship? I left Kenya in about 19 50/51 to come to South Africa. I dont know where to even begin to get documentation from the Kenyan authorities.

  • Marlene Pratt

    I have ben married to a gentlemen from Wales for 18 years now, we still up until today apply for a visa for myself when we visit. Many people have told us that I can get a British Passport through my marriage. Not sure please advise.

    Regards,
    Marlene

  • laura

    hi my father was born in the uk and moved to canada with his parents when he was 8-9,he met and married my mum and then had me(1976),i have married an englishman and we have a daughter and have lived in uk for 10 years,can i apply for a british passport?

  • Sophie

    Hi,
    My maternal grandparents were both born in Poland and lived there for a while before migrating to Africa. They both held British passports and were British citizens, but my mother was born in Africa. Am I eligible for a British citizenship?

    • 1st Contact

      Hi Sophie

      We will need more information before we establish if you have a claim. It is likely that we will have to perform a Status Trace to establish your eligibility.

      Please can you give us your contact details so that one of our Nationality Advisors can contact you. Alternately, you can email us at visas@1stcontact.com.

  • Norma Rockwood-Turner

    My mother was born in Rhodesia in the 1940’s. Am I and my children eligible for a British Passport?

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

      Hi Norma,

      Thank you for your query.

      We want to give you the correct answer, and not simply a quick one. This is because the consequences for you and your family of getting the right answer can be both profound and life-changing. Could you please start by completing this online assessment form. Given the complexities of British nationality legislation, this would assist us greatly with evaluating whether you and your children might be eligible.

      You can follow the link and complete it here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx please also click “purchase” for the free online assessment at the end of the assessment.

      Let us know if you have any further queries.

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

      Hi Norma,

      Thank you for your query.

      We want to give you the correct answer, and not simply a quick one. This is because the consequences for you and your family of getting the right answer can be both profound and life-changing. Could you please start by completing this online assessment form. Given the complexities of British nationality legislation, this would assist us greatly with evaluating whether you and your children might be eligible.

      You can follow the link and complete it here: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/visa-assessment.aspx please also click “purchase” for the free online assessment at the end of the assessment.

      Let us know if you have any further queries.

  • Richard

    Hi. I have discovered an old British passport belonging to my father who was born in Rhodesia. Any chance I could qualify?

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

      Hi Richard,

      Unfortunately it’s not possible to advise on your position with British nationality simply by knowing that your father held a British passport in the past.

      There were at least 6 different forms of British nationality available in the period before 1983, and places like Southern Rhodesia often included periods where individuals who were resident there were granted British Subject passports. Sadly, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they were British citizens.

      Our partner, Philip Gamble, would therefore be best able to help you. They would need to examine the passports you have for your father and conduct an assessment on his family line to confirm whether or not he will have acquired any form of British nationality by descent from his parents in addition to any statuses acquired by birth in Rhodesia.

      You can contact Philip Gamble at info@philipgamble.co.uk.

      Hope this helps.

  • melody

    my mother was born in scotland but lived in south africa most of her life and has returned to uk almost 2 years ago. do i quailfy for a british passport

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

      Hi Melody,

      As your mother was born in the UK, you would have a standard claim to British nationality. This relies on your mother being your biological mother, your parents were married at the time of your birth and provided she did not renounce her British citizenship prior to your birth.

      If you were born before 01/01/1983, you will be required to register as a British Citizen first. However if you were born after 01/01/1983, you can apply for a British passport straight away.

      If you have any further questions, or would like assistance with your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/south-african-visas/passport-and-nationality.aspx

  • Andre C

    My mother was born in Britain, I was born in Rhodesia. My children were born in South Africa, would my children qualify for British Citizenship?

  • Teg Hall

    Hello,
    Im british Canadian,mother canadian,father british(born 1931),i was born in canada. I came over as a toddler with siblings on my fathers passport 26 years ago.parents married after my birth but apparently before came to uk.went to nursery,primary,secondary school and college and Automatically got national insurance card at 16. Am single but have a 3 year old .Just got accepted for great job on nhs to discover to clear dbs i need uk birth certificate or passport.i have neither.never aquired about a passport as at 16 was diagnosed epileptic so never risked travelling. Father deceased when i was 10, passport his apparently lost.astranged from mother but shes no help at all.am i british? Its all come as a shock to me as i call myself british and i dont want to miss out on this job when ive done nothing wrong and it will allow me to support my child.thank you

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

      Hi Teg,

      Our consultant would like to email you about your query, is there an email address where he can reach you?

      • Teg Hall

        Thank you for getting back to me, after a lot of phone calls I finally got the confirmation of my right to work that I needed as well as copy of my mums permenant visa.

  • Nick K

    Hello

    My mother was born in England and moved to New Zealand when she was 21. My dad is from New Zealand. I was born pre-1983 (1968).

    Obviously my mother’s parents are English. Do I qualify for a British passport automatically?

    Or do I need to become a British citizen first (because I was born before 1983 and my UK ancestry is from my mother)?

    Thank you in advance,

    Nick

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

      Hi Nick,

      Since 13 January 2010 a person who has a British mother has had the right to register as a British citizen under section 4C of the British Nationality Act 1981 if he or she would have become a British citizen at birth had women been able to pass on citizenship in the same way as men.

      Once registered you may apply for a Passport.

      • Nick K

        Wonderful. Thanks.

  • Lisa

    Hi

    I am currently on a UK Youth mobility working visa however have just received my EU Greek passport which now allows me to be here without my visa. Can i just stay here now or do i have to leave and re-enter? Someone told me i need to go into Europe and back and enter back into the UK on my EU visa. Is this the case?

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

      Hi Lisa,

      Because you have a European Passport it would give you full entry clearance into the UK and you should not have to exit and reenter to activate this.

  • Rachel Young

    Hi there, I am hoping that you may clear things up for me.
    My mother was born in Zimbabwe when it was under the British territory, and I also have my Grandparents as UK citizens. My mum gave birth to me with a British Passport, and has now a new british passport.
    I am over 21, am I still able to apply for British Passport? Do I qualify under Double Descent, Mother Abode?

  • Rossanne Simpson

    I was born on 27th June 1982 in South Africa. My father has a UK Passport but he was born in South Africa and lived here all his life. However my grandfather, my dads father, was born in the UK. Would I be able to get a UK passport and would my child and husband be able to go there with me?

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

      Hi Rossanne,

      Based on the fact that you have a UK born grandparent, you would qualify for the UK Ancestry visa.

      This visa is granted for 5 years, and one is able to live and work freely within the UK, you will be able to take your husband and child, they would apply for dependency visas, at the same time as you apply for your visa.

      1st Contact would be more than happy to assist you with your application. You can email us at immigration@1stcontact.com or fill in the form here and we’ll get back to you: http://www.1stcontactvisas.com/index/contact-us.aspx

  • Yassir Ozman

    hey there,
    i would like to ask if i would be able to get a british passport if i was born in 1996 and my mother has a british passport so do my grand parents who currently reside in the UK.
    thank you

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

      Hi Yassir,

      Was your mother born in the UK? You should qualify for an Ancestry Visa through your grandparents if they are British. Would you like one of our consultants to contact you with more info?

  • Chun Yen Tan

    My huaband status as below, what is the way to go?

    His status as below:
    a. He is born in Penang (part of Malaysia currently) before 1st January 1983
    b. His parents also born in Penang (part of British colonies) as well before 1949
    c. Currently holding Malaysia passport
    d. Holding Degree of Liverpool John Moores University e. Working as consultant engineer for 10years who had few years working experience in overseas.
    f. Currently working as Project Manager with developer in malaysia

    Question:
    1. With his status as above, as per our understanding, is it he need to apply for certificate of “Right of Abode” to attached in passport before he can apply as Bristish Citizen either in UK or Malaysia.

    2. Spouse and children can apply family in UK visa while submitting application on “Right of Abode” certificate.

    3. With the certificate of “Right of Abode” he able to entitle benefit as other Permanent Residence? How about children benefit entitlement for medic and education?

    4. Lastly only apply as British citizen in UK or Malaysia.

    5. another option seem can claim as british nationality status before we straight apply British Citizen?

    6. Which is the best way to go along among few option

  • kate

    My father is Australian but was eligible for a UK passport through his grandparents. As his daughter am I eligible for a UK passport if my father has one?

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

      Hi Kate,

      Unfortunately you would only be eligible for the UK passport if your father was born in the UK or received his passport by descent and had lived the required time in the UK. Since he received the passport through a grandparent, I’m afraid it does not pass down to you.

  • Wendy Newhouse

    Hello, my parents were living and working in Swaziland when I was born in 1954. There was no hospital or maternity facility where they lived. My mother was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital which was Barbeton, in South Africa. I was literally born on Swazi soil, byt my parents registered me in SA as that was the norm then. Border gates were very relaxed, in fact no passports required as I recall from recounts of life by my parents, no deceased. I was once advised many years ago that if I could prove my parents lived in Swaziland, then a Commonwealth country, I may beable to qualify for such a passport. The only proof I have are photographs and congratulatory telegrams sent ………… I realize this is a long shot, but I have oversrayed my ancestry visa by 17 days and it looks as if my application to renew is going to be refused. ??

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

      As your visa has already expired, it falls outside the scope of what we are able to assist with. For this reason, I would suggest you get in touch with our partner firm, Philip Gamble & Co, who deals with more complex immigration claims. You can contact them on immigration@philipgamble.co.uk or we can ask them to give you a call?

  • Bre

    Hi, My mom was born in 1960 before Jamaica gained independence. Does she qualify for a British passport? And can she travel to the UK without a visa?

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

      Hi Bre,

      Our nationality partners, Philip Gamble & Co, would be best suited to assist with your request. You can find out more about the laws governing UK nationality and Jamaica here: http://bit.ly/1MjuntD. There is also a link to a free assessment you can take at the bottom of that page.

  • Chris Fenech

    My father was born in 1935 in Egypt while it was under the British Empire which made him British by birth. I would like to know if I am eligible for British citizenship and if so how do I get it?

    Kind regards

    Chris Fenech

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

      Hi Chris. Unfortunately your father is not considered British by birth unless born in the UK. However, you are correct in that there are ways you could be eligible for Brtish citizenship. Our nationality partner, Philip Gamble & Partners, has a free assessment you can fill in that will be able to provide the details you need to progress further: https://philipgamble.co.uk/landing-pages/am-i-british

      • Chris Fenech

        I ordered a copy of his birth certificate from the UK and it says British. He held a British passport saying born in Cairo but still British . I am a little confused .

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

          Hi Chris,

          British by birth means born in the UK. People who are born in the UK have different nationality rights from those born elsewhere but considered British. PG has a great video explaining the difference here: https://youtu.be/BwS_wsbpPjE. Hope this clarifies.

  • Russell George

    Hi, just wondering..my grandmother was born in Scotland, does this give me right of abode?

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

      Hi Russell,

      Which country were you born in please?

      • Russell George

        I was born in Australia

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

          You able eligible to apply for an Ancestry visa which may lead to settlement

  • sirin sweet

    hello i am really confused please help me i am 51 years old from Algeria and my mother lives in the UK she become a British in citizen 2010 do i have the right for settlement visa or something else .

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

      As your mother obtained her citizenship after your birth, you would not be able to apply for visa based on her citizenship unfortunately. You would need to look into the Tier 2 sponsorship work visa.

      • Alexander Butler

        My mother got her British passport in 2008 and my dad got his 2010. I am an only child but I am 30. Am I entitled to a British passport or any form of stay . Also if I am not entitled. If I have my child in the UK would they be able to get the UK citizenship based on their grand parents

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

      Hi Sirin,

      Unfortunately you can’t claim citizenship through your mother unless she was born in the UK.

    • Alexander Butler

      My mother got her British passport in 2008 and my dad got his 2010. I am an only child but I am 30. Am I entitled to a British passport or any form of stay . Also if I am not entitled. If I have my child in the UK would they be able to get the UK citizenship based on their grand parents

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

        Hi Alexander,

        Unfortunately you can only claim nationality through your parents if they are born in the UK or if you are born in the UK while your parents are settled there. Unfortunately your children would likewise only qualify for the Ancestry visa if your parents were born in the UK.

  • Shannon

    Hello. I have everything I need for my British passport and all they need is a vault copy of my birth certificate and marriage certificate, which I have applied for months ago but being in South Africa and having the government we do they take their time. Anyways, I am 21on January the 27th. Is it possible for me to still be eligible for a British passport if I’m over 21?

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

      Hi Shannon, it depends on how you are claiming your passport. Is it through your parents? Grandparents? Residence?

      • Shannon

        I’m applying through my grandparents.

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

          If you’re applying for an Ancestry Visa then there is no upper age limit.

          • Shannon

            Thank you for your reply. When is there an upper age limit that applies?

          • Shannon

            Sorry I am not applying for a visa, I am applying for a passport.

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

            We can’t really answer you without knowing more about how you qualify for this passport. Perhaps you can email us with these details? immigration@1stcontact.com

  • Jamaine Thompson

    Hi , I claim British citizenship through decent. (My father) as well as ancestry through both my paternal grandparents. I am wanting to move to the uk with my husband and son. Am I able to go the ancestry route instead of applying for my passport straight up!? Will this be allowed?

    Thanks

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

      Hi Jamaine, to guide our answer please could you confirm if your father was born in the UK (or received his citizenship by some other means), and if at the time of your birth your parents were married.

      • Jamaine Thompson

        Hi

        My father was born in the uk but my parents were not married at the time of my birth they only went on to marry 10 months later and were divorced when I was 5.

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

          It appears that you may be able to apply for the UK Ancestry visa

          Please could you provide your email address, and we will be more than happy to assist you with this application.

  • Alex

    I hold a British passport (my father and grandparents were born
    in UK, I was born in South Africa).

    My wife is European and we live in
    South Africa.

    I was wondering if our child (to be born in 2016 in South Africa) qualifies
    for UK passport, and if so, in which category. Thanks in advance.

    Alex

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

      Hi Alex, if you have lived in the UK for at least three years, your child might be able to claim a passport. Otherwise the Ancestry visa is probably his or her best option once he or she turns 17 should this option still be in place.

      • Alex

        Hi 1st contact, thanks for the answer.

        I didn’t lived in UK for three years, only 11 months. Any other possibility that you may think? I don’t understand how unlike the most civilised countries in the world, UK does not consider that “children of Britons are Britons”. Amazing!

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

          Unfortunately your child would only obtain automatic citizenship if you had been born in the UK as citizenship only passes one generation by descent, otherwise you’d need to have lived in the UK for at least three years prior to their birth. The Ancestry Visa, through the grandparent, is therefore still the best option.

  • Steve Doty

    On my mother’s side, my grandmother was born in Scotland and my grandfather was born in England and neither were in the military. If my mother was born in the United States how can I get a UK passport?

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

      Hi Steve, where were you born?

      • Steve Doty

        I was born in the United States

  • Ej

    I am commonwealth citizen of the, My grandfather’s father lived here is there any hope, I also have family somwhere in ireland but dont know them.

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

      Hi Ej, unfortunately a great grandfather is a generation too far. You can however fill in this free assessment form to find out if any of your other family in Ireland means you qualify https://www.1stcontact.com/visas/visa-assessment

  • Belinda

    Hello
    I was born in 1976 in SA – My mother has a British Passport born in Sinoia Rhodesia in 1953. My father on a SA passport born in South West Africa . Both my grandparents on my Moms side were British Nationals
    We only tried to get a British Passport after I turned 18 and were told at the time that we could not get one as I had turned 18 already. I know I can get Ancestral however I would like to know if I could get a British passport? What would be the best process to follow
    Thanks so much

  • Paul

    1st contact hoping you could help me. I was born in the UK in 1988 and lived here my whole life with my dad. My mother left when I was 1 year old so I don’t know her but she was a New Zealand citizen and didn’t put my dad on my British birth certificate at the time of my birth. I have worked and paid tax and national insurance since I was 16 years old but I have never had a British passport. Will I be able to get a passport if I apply?

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  • Usman Bhutta

    my mother was born in Laikipia kenya on 27th may 1956, her parantes had british citizenship and they lived in kenya
    but my mother not have british or kanyan citizenship, so what are her chances of getting a passport or citizenship?

  • Mary Dertinger

    My Grandmother was born in Newdoundland Canada in 1930. She married my Grandfather in Newfoundland in 1947 then they moved to the United States. Both my mother and I were born in the US. Would I be eligible for UK citizenship?

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

      Hi Mary, Please complete this free online assessment in order to determine your eligibility – https://www.1stcontact.com/visas/visa-assessment

      • Mary Dertinger

        I did and it said I could apply for a student visa. I thought that with my grandmother born and married in Newfoundland before Newfoundland became part of Canada we would qualify for the ancestry visa.

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

          Hi Mary, In order to be eligible for an Ancestry visa, your grandparents would need to have been born in the UK.

          • Mary Dertinger

            My grandmother was born in Neefoundland in 1930 when it was part of the U.K. They were married in Newfoundland in 1947. Newfoundland didn’t become part of Canada until 1949.

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

            Hi Mary, your grandmother would need to have been born in either England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or the Channel Islands in order for you qualify.

  • Renilda

    Hi John,

    I’m currently on a IRL ( March 2016) I’m on an eea visa. Husband is on a dual Portuguese and South african passport. We have 3 kids and all born here 2011,2013 and 2016. Can we apply for their British passports or do I have to go for it first?

    Thank you

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

      Hi Renilda,

      Should you have submitted an application to gain your indefinite leave to remain status in the UK, then you are now able to apply to register your children for citizenship. Once citizenship has been acquired, you will be able to apply for their passports.

  • Duane Morris

    my mother and grandparents where born in the uk, i was born in SA i see that im eligible for a ancestry visa or register as a British subject and get a passport. which will be the best option. i was born in sep/1982 and during that tim my mother stil had a britsh mother. (my mother is deceased).

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

      Hi Duane,
      Obtaining a passport is always a better option that a visa

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  • Jeremy W

    Hello 1st Contact, I was born in The Bahamas in 1980 (before 1983). My
    Parents (1955 & 1959) and grandparents (before 1949) were born in
    The Bahamas (in CUKC before independence 1973). I have my parents birth and marriage certificates in The Bahamas (as confirmation as registered in the CUKC in UK before 1973). I would like to know if….. I can I apply for British passports/citizenship, right of adobe (ROA) or register as a British citizen? I am not sure what I can do…

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

      Hi Jeremy,

      You are advised to complete a free British Passport Review with our partner firm Philip Gamble & Partners in order to determine your eligibility

      https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/assessment

  • Yvonne Bese

    Hi if my grandmother was born in Egypt 1935 whilst under British rule am I eligible for British passport?

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

      Hi Yvonne,

      Unfortunately you do not have a direct claim based on the information provided.
      You may get in touch with our partner firm Philip Gamble and Partners, and they can assist you with a status trace to assess your eligibility.

      • Daniel Bese

        Hello! If we can track down my grandmother’s birthday certificate, would it be a birth certificate registered in the UK or in Egypt…if the country was under British rule when she was born

  • Gerry Ben Ben

    My grandfather was born in London 1921, my dad was not born in the UK but had a British passport. Would I qualify for for a British passport?

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

      Hi Gerry,

      Should your father have been born in the UK, you may have been eligible for a passport. However based on having a UK grandparent you may be eligible for a UK Ancestry visa.

  • Guilherme Barreto

    Hi, I am a British citizen by naturalization and would like to find out if I am able to apply for a British passport for my (from abroad) daughter born abroad (USA) in January 2016?
    The mother’s daughter is a Mexican citizen and we have been married since 2011.

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

      Hi Guilherme, yes this would certainly be possible and I would suggest that you contact our advisers on immigration@1stcontact.com for further guidance around how to proceed with this application.

  • Bernanda

    What if my grandfather and great grand parents were germans.although my granfather excape from Germany to South Africa,and married my grandmother a south african.
    Where do I stand as a South African

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

      Hi Bernada, unfortunately the above information would not entitle you to a British Passport or Visa.

  • AAlesayi

    Hi , my father was born in South Arabia ADEN during the British Protectorate period and he has an old British Passport (Colony and Protectorate of ADEN) .
    Is he entitled to have a new British Passport?

    Many Thanks

  • Mischa

    Hi my grandfather was born in the UK and my mother was born in Rhodesia in 1964 and holds a british passport. I was born in 1995 Is there a chance i would be eligible for a british passport?

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

      Hi Mischa, it is unlikely that you would be eligible to apply for a direct British Passport, for more accurate information on your Citizenship options I would suggest that you contact our partner company at Philip Gamble on https://www.philipgamble.co.uk/

  • Anamika Antora

    i was born in 15 feb 1996 in london but did not stayed there more than 25 days. Even i have not gone back there yet. So now the question is , can i claim british citizenship ?

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

      Hi Anamika, the fact that you were born in the UK is not necessarily a route to gaining British Citizenship, your parents would need to have gained Permanent Residence or Naturalised in order for this to be the case.

  • Shady Khalil

    Hi,
    I am 32 years old Egyptian nationality living in Egypt ,was born in London on 24th of August 1984,lived there for around 8 years after birth.
    However at time of birth I dont know exactly what was my fathers status as he passed away and i don’t have his passport for that exact era ,as far as i know he was studying for a PHD and working .
    But what i have as proof is my mothers passport that i was registered on ,that according to stamps mentions(attached) the following:
    *She has a visa category JOIN HUSBAND issued at : 21st of OCT 1983 used by 21 JAN 1984
    *Arrival immigration stamp to UK was on 31st OCT 1983
    *Leave to Enter stamp given Until 31st OCT 1984
    *Leave to Remain stamp given on the 12 DEC 1984 ,Until 9th JAN 1985.

    As you can see I was born when she had a Leave to Enter stamp, However according to logic and as far as I understand my father must had a leave to Remain status before my birth in order to apply my mothers Visa category JOIN HUSBAND.

    My questions are:
    1-Am I eligible for a British passport/Citizenship?
    2-If not am i Eligible for a RIGHT TO ABODE?
    3-Will this documents stand as proof ( Mothers original passport,Mother registration card ,My Birth certificate )
    4-In case all are OK,where to start??

    your soonest reply is highly appreciated.

    Many thanks,
    Shady Khalil

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

      Hi Shady,

      Should your father have held British citizenship, and you were born in the UK then there could possibly be a claim to citizenship. However should he have been residing in the UK on a working visa and not have held settled status in the country, unfortunately there would be no claim.