What is a Claim to British Nationality?

A person might have automatically become a British citizen (or British national) at birth or later without anyone having done anything. This is usually through a parent or grandparent who was a citizen of or lived in the UK or a British territory. If the person was issued with a British passport after 1982 then they have official proof of British nationality and can normally obtain a new British passport. If not then the claim must be proven.

It is also possible that a person is eligable to become a British citizen (or British national) by application. Upon successful application the person becomes a British citizen and is issued with a certificate.

Our evaluation process will explore all the legal options available to you and will produce a Nationality Report. The possibilities for automatic or ancestral claim to citizenship are described at Automatic and Ancestral Claims to British Nationality and the possibilities for applying for a grant of citizenship are described at Categories for Registering as a British Citizen.

If you believe you have a claim to British citizenship then find out more or start your nationality assessment by phoning us on [hana-code-insert name=\’UK Number\’ /], on Skype: passportia.org, submitting your details in the sidebar form or filling out our initial evaluation:

Request Evaluation

What Passportia Does to Establish a Claim for Registration

1. Our immigration lawyers normally follow this process:
Find out if you (or your child or spouse) are already a British citizen or another type of British national. This entails a detailed investigation of the family history (known as a Status Trace) and which of the rules apply specifically to your case. This normally happens in three steps:

  1. Prepare a Nationality Report for that person which includes a legal opinion explaining how that person is an existing British citizen or other British national by reference to all applicable facts, documents and rules of law.
  2. Apply to the Home Office (branch of the UK government) for official recognition using the Nationality Report.
  3. If the application succeeds, the Home Office issues a certificate confirming recognition of the person’s nationality. This can then be used to obtain a British passport.

2. Find out if you (or your child or spouse) qualify for registration as a British citizen or other British national. This process also entails a Status Trace and thorough investigation of the applicable rules as follows:

  1. Identify which application category you or child qualifies for and which has the lowest Home Office fee (fees range from under £100 to over £750).
  2. Prepare a Nationality Report which includes a legal opinion explaining why the applicant qualifies for registration by reference to all applicable facts, documents and rules of law.
  3. Apply to the Home Office for registration with the correct documentation and legal argument.
  4. If the application succeeds the person would become a British citizen after registration and be issued with a certificate, which can be used to obtain a British passport.

If you would like us to establish your claim to British nationality phone us on [hana-code-insert name=\’UK Number\’ /], on [hana-code-insert name=\’Skype\’ /], submit your details in the sidebar form or fill out our initial evaluation:

Request Evaluation

Was an Application you made Refused?

It is possible to appeal against a refusal however some types of reviews must be lodged within a time limit. An administrative review can be lodged at any time, even for an application made many years ago.

A review is only likely to succeed if it can be proven that the refusal was made on the wrong grounds, if new evidence is supplied or if current policies are more favourable. An application for review has to be very well presented and argued, and as such tasking experienced lawyers such as ours is advisable in order to save time and money, and increase your chances of success.

Read more about our services for citizenship and nationality appeals or contact us straight away by phone on [hana-code-insert name=\’UK Number\’ /], on [hana-code-insert name=\’Skype\’ /] or fill out the sidebar form or request an evaluation:
Request Evaluation