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UK nationality focus: Passing on nationality to your children

by Sable International | Aug 31, 2011
  • This, our third British nationality article is about the rights of British citizens to pass on British nationality to their children, particularly after they have left the UK. This occurs most often when a client has naturalised in the UK (i.e. become British), returned home (to SA, Aus, NZ, etc) and then had children. Are these children British?

    If you are a British Citizen and are planning to return to your Country of Origin, it is important to understand the implications for your unborn children. In particular, children born to you overseas may be able to also claim British Citizenship, under certain circumstances.

    There are numerous ways that persons can become British Citizens and this legislation is controlled mainly by the British Nationality Act 1981. Whether you can pass your British Citizenship to a further generation will depend on which section of the law conferred British Citizenship to you.

    If you are British otherwise than by Descent (including by birth or Naturalisation in the UK), then it is probable that your children would become British.  Indeed, steps can be taken now and before you leave the UK by those who are also British by descent already (and thereby unable to transmit the nationality to the next generation in the usual way), to ensure that future children also benefit.

    Sable International offers an assessment of your nationality status and the rights of your children. Through our partnership with Philip Gamble & Partners, we can advise you further and assist with any applications for British Nationality.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.


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