Take a free online test to see if you or your children qualify for a British passport

Are you eligible for a British passport?

Getting a British passport might be easier than you think. Thanks to the UK’s historical laws and agreements with former territories, you may qualify for British citizenship depending on where you, your parents and grandparents were born.

Fast facts

You could be eligible for British passport if you were:

  • Born to a parent (father or mother) who was born in the UK before 1983. 
  • Born before 1983 to a parent who was born after 1949 – as long as that parent a) was a British Citizen, or b) had a parent born in the UK. 
  • Born in South Africa after 31 May 1962 but before 1983, and you have a UK-born grandparent. 
  • Born after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your dad’s dad) was born in the UK. 
  • Born between 2 March 1970 and 18 April 1980 in (Southern) Rhodesia, and you have a grandfather born in the UK.

There are hundreds of other ways to qualify. As a general rule, if you were born in a country that is different to either parent or any of your grandparents, or you have a connection back to the UK, Ireland or a former British Territory, then you might have a claim.

How do I find out if I have a claim to British Nationality?

We recommend following our 4 Step Process to find your answer. We designed this process to simplify the complex laws of British Nationality and to avoid unnecessary and expensive application fees.

Step 1: Determine whether you have a standard route (birth in the UK before 1983, or a parent born in the UK before 1983) to Nationality.
Step 2: If not, complete our free Nationality Assessment
Step 3: Order a free British Passport Review
Step 4: Conduct a Status Trace

Complete our Nationality Assessment

To find out whether you or your children might have a claim, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE online passport assessment.


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