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Claim British citizenship by descent or birth

Being born in the UK and by descent from a British parent are the most common ways to qualify for British nationality. There are three common situations that give rise to applications in this area.


Experienced immigration consultants to assist with your assessment

There are hundreds of different combinations of scenarios that give rise to a claim to British nationality through birth and descent.

If you were not born in the UK and you have a claim to British nationality, then this is a claim based on descent. For those individuals born in the UK they will generally have a stronger claim to British nationality, although being born in the UK is absolutely not a guarantee that you be eligible for nationality.

Claims to nationality are seldom straight forward. The colonial and imperial legacy that the British Empire left behind has resulted in a myriad of immigration and nationality laws over hundreds of territories across the world.

Even if you’ve always assumed you don’t have a claim to British nationality, our team can help. With in-depth investigations and drawing on our two decades of experience we can help you achieve you, or your children, apply for British nationality.

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Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

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