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CAN I GET A BRITISH PASSPORT?



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can I get a British passport

even though UK citizenship and

nationality law is extremely convoluted

because it's based upon more than a

thousand years of legal precedents in

this video we'll break down the basics

so that you can determine if you're a

British citizen which will mean you're

eligible to apply for a British passport

so let's get to it

things to keep in mind there are several

ways to become a UK citizen by birth

naturalization immigrating to the UK and

applying descent and registration you

can apply for your first British

passport or any other type of British

citizenship document at any time you do

not need to do it before you reach a

certain age British citizenship can only

be inherited through a parent by the

first generation born outside the UK in

almost all circumstances different rules

apply to children born in British

colonies and territories the UK

recognizes dual citizenship this means

that any other citizenship you have will

not conflict with your claim to British

citizenship however if you claim British

citizenship make sure it does not

conflict with your original citizenship

as national from certain countries such

as Germany automatically lose their

original citizenship if they naturalize

or claim another citizenship under most

circumstances UK passport and

citizenship eligibility born in the UK

born before January the 1st 1983 apply

for your UK passport right now born on

or after January the 1st 1983 one parent

must have been a British citizen at the

time of your birth for you to apply for

a British passport all people born in

England Scotland Northern Ireland Wales

the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

prior to 1983

a British citizens and thus entitled to

British passports born outside the UK to

a British citizen mother who didn't

inherit her citizenship born before

January the 1st 1983 you must register

as a British citizen before applying for

your UK passport born on or after

January the 1st 1983 you can apply for

your UK passport right now if you were

born inside or outside the UK on January

the 1st 1983 or later and your mother

was a British citizen other than through

descent at the time of your birth you

are a British citizen by descent and can

apply for a British passport every

person born to a British mother

regardless of whether she was ever

married is a British citizen through

descent as long as she was a British

citizen at the time of their birth born

outside the UK to a married British

citizen father who didn't inherit his

citizenship you can apply for your UK

passport right now born outside the UK

to an unmarried British citizen father

who didn't inherit his citizenship born

before July the 1st 2006 you must

register as a British citizen first

unless you can prove to the satisfaction

of the UK passport authorities that the

country of your birth recognised your

birth as legitimate at the time you were

born or some time between your birth and

July 1st 2006 born on or after July the

1st 2006 apply for your UK passport

right now if you were born either inside

or outside the UK to a British father on

or after this date and your mother was

not British you're still a UK citizen by

descent through your father and thus

eligible to apply for a British passport

even though British nationality law

still recognizes the concept of

legitimacy

who were born illegitimate to a British

father after this date can now inherit

British citizenship born outside the UK

to a British mother on or before

December 31st 1982 as we mentioned if

you were born inside the UK on or before

this date you're automatically a British

citizen however if you were born outside

the UK different rules apply

due to the discriminatory and

anachronistic UK nationality laws if

your mother but not your father was

British and you were born outside the UK

on or before December the 31st 1982 you

did not automatically inherit British

citizenship from her before this time it

was expected that you would inherit your

father's nationality whatever that may

have been it's worth noting that under

the UK's own laws if your parents

weren't married at this time even if

your father was British you wouldn't

have inherited his citizenship either so

you could conceivably be stateless

luckily this egregious mistreatment of

British subjects was remedied with a

change to British nationality law now

children of British mothers born before

1983 can apply for what is called

registration as a British citizen once

the application is approved the

applicant must swear an oath of

allegiance to the sovereign Queen

Elizabeth the second and then they are

officially a citizen of Britain and can

apply for a passport conclusion there

are many twists and turns in British

citizenship and nationality law

occasionally the second generation born

outside the UK can apply for a British

passport because their grandparent was

in crown service was a military or

government employee overseas at the time

of the applicants parents birth children

born in British colonies at the time

when the country in question was still a

colony but not after the claimed

independence could inherit

citizenship through their parents

despite have been born outside the UK

there are also currently six different

kinds of British nationality including

certain ones which will soon become

extinct such as British national

overseas for people with ties to Hong

Kong if you're not sure if you qualify

for a British passport or British

citizenship contact immigrate to speak

to our UK passport experts note the

terms father and mother has used in this

video are used in the same sense as they

are by the British government in terms

of British nationality for this reason

the parents referred to must be the

biological parents of the child only for

children adopted by British citizens

different rules apply

concerning British nationality through

descent