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UK statelessness: Are you eligible for British citizenship?

Statelessness is a status where no nationality is held. It arises most commonly on birth, when the status of the parents and the country of birth mean that the child cannot take on the nationality of
their country of birth nor the nationality of their parents.

Our consultants will handle the complexity of your case

Where a child is born stateless and a parent was British at the time of the child’s birth, it is often possible for the child to be registered as a British citizen. It is important to address this before the child turns 18, as many rights to register fall away and are lost forever.

Adults who find themselves stateless are in a more difficult position, and there is no general rule. This is a complex area of British nationality law, and the advice of a specialist should be sought.


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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).

Please note: Sable International is a trading name of Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd. Philip Gamble and Co. Ltd is registered in the UK with the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) under no. F2001-00004. Our staff based outside of the UK are not regulated by the OISC and may be involved in some client casework. However, they work to the same high standards as our UK staff and clients receive the same service regardless of which office they engage with.

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