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British citizenship through parent born outside
of the UK

It is possible to claim British nationality where a person is born outside of the UK to a British parent who was also born outside of the UK. The rules are complex and often need further research.

Children under 18

There are provisions in British nationality law for children under 18. It can be important to take action before a child turns 18. After they turn 18, several rights to British nationality fall away and can be lost forever.

Adult children of British-born parents

You can claim British nationality if your parent is classified as British otherwise than by descent, giving them the ability to pass British nationality to their children. To determine this, an analysis of how your parent became British must be done.

This area of British nationality law is too complex to document. Without undertaking a Status Trace, we cannot say definitively whether you have a claim. But if any of these factors apply to you, you should explore your rights further:

Contact our citizenship team

Phone us (SA): +27 (0) 21 657 2139

Phone us (UK): +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

South Africa

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708
Cape Town
t: +27 (0) 21 657 2120

United Kingdom

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1DG
t: +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Australia

Suite 8.06
9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
Melbourne VIC 3141
t: +613 (0) 86 514 500

Hong Kong

Level 1102
The Lee Gardens
33 Hysan Avenue
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
t: +852 3959 8681

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