Citizenship through British Mothers and Fathers

Prior to the introduction of the British Nationality Act 1981 on 1 January 1983 it was only possible for British fathers to pass on their citizenship to children born outside the UK. The historic injustice relating to the ability of British mothers to pass on British nationality to their children born overseas was finally corrected in January 2010.

Therefore if you were born outside the UK prior to 1 January 1983 and your mother is/was British then you may be eligible to apply for registration as a British citizen. There are still requirements for you to satisfy such as being of good character.

A similar injustice relating to the transmission of British citizenship concerns the ability of unmarried fathers to be recognised for the purposes of British nationality. Until 1 July 2006 unmarried fathers were not able to pass on British citizenship. While the changes introduced at that point corrected matters for children born after 1 July 2006 the issue of children born to unmarried fathers prior to this date was not addressed until this year. Thanks to the amendments made to the British Nationality Act 1981 you can now make an application to be registered as a British citizen if your father was not married when you were born.

We can advise you on your eligibility to make an application to be registered in one of the categories set out above. We can also help you with obtaining the necessary birth and marriage certificates required to support such an application.

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For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk or a member of the team.

Always prompt and factual’" Kingsley Napley LLP provides "an excellent level of service"

Legal 500 UK

"Kingsley Napley leads the immigration outfits in the UK"

Who's Who Corporate Immigration

​"Interviewees agree that Kingsley Napley is home to a superb team of immigration lawyers"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

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