Passportia – Nationality Specialists
Passportia is a specialist nationality advice firm independent of the UK government and regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner. Applications for official recognition of British nationality are made directly to the UK authorities, however legal advice on how to make and substantiate a claim cannot be obtained from the government. Our nationality lawyers offer advice and advocacy services in relation to complex claims for British Nationality.
What is British Nationality?
A British National is a person eligible for a British passport. The table below lists the 6 types of British nationals and the automatic immigration rights of each type.
|Nationality Type||Live in the UK||Live in Europe|
|British citizen||Yes||Yes, few exceptions|
|British overseas territories citizen||Yes, few exceptions||Yes, few exceptions|
|British Overseas citizen||No||No|
|British National (Overseas)||No||No|
|British subject with right of abode||Yes||Yes|
|British subject without right of abode||No||No|
|British protected person||No||No|
|Right of Abode only||Yes||No|
If you think you may be a British national, begin your nationality evaluation by phoning us on [hana-code-insert name=\’UK Number\’ /], on Skype passportia.org, or entering your details in the sidebar form , or request an evaluation:
In a nutshell…
British Nationals can claim a British Passport and enjoy many benefits, including in many cases the right to live and work in the UK.
You could be a British National from birth even if you never had a UK Passport and never visited the UK.
In order to use your British Nationality, it would first have to be recognised by the UK government.
Your claim could be simple or complex. We specialise in helping people who have potential complex claim to British Nationality.
Do I have a Simple Claim?
We consider these to be simple claims for British Nationality:
- You were born in the UK before 1983 and your father was not connected with an embassy or consulate,
- Your father was born in the UK before 1983 (and your parents were married) and your father’s father was not connected with an embassy or consulate,
- You were born in the UK after 1982 to a parent who was a British citizen or resident in the UK with Indefinite Leave to Remain (at the time of your birth), or
- Your father was granted citizenship by the UK government before your birth (and your parents were married).
Applications for a British passport by an applicant in a category above can usually be made without the need for a specialist nationality lawyer.
The issues mainly concern evidence and documentation, verification of identity, and sometimes the validity of a marriage.
Do I have a Complex Claim?
Whether you have a complex claim to British Nationality depends on factors such as your family history, including the places and dates of birth of your parents and grandparents.
It can also depend on dates of adoption, marriage and the independence provisions of former UK territories.
The following are clues that you may have a complex claim to British nationality.
You or a parent:
- held a British Passport,
- was born, adopted, or lived in the UK or an current British territory,
- was born in a former British territory to a parent born elsewhere or to unmarried parents,
- was born in a former British territory and did not become a citizen of the independent country,
- was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies, or a British Protected person.
If you think you may have a complex claim to British Nationality, our specialist nationality lawyers can help.
What Passportia Does
If you have a simple claim, or qualify in a different category (for example for registration) we will inform you.
However if you believe you have a complex claim, to determine this conclusively we will need to prepare a Nationality Report. This is a legal opinion from our lawyers who will examine your family history and old documents such as birth, marriage and registration certificates to determine if there is a possible claim (sometimes known as a ‘Status Trace’). If the Nationality Report has a positive outcome, we can then help you with the appropriate application to get official recognition of your status.
When we submit an application on your behalf, we will send a detailed letter of representation setting out the basis of your claim. Nationality applications can require a high standard of documentary evidence and argument to achieve a successful outcome. This is our expertise.
To get started with this process, phone us on [hana-code-insert name=\’UK Number\’ /], on [hana-code-insert name=\’Skype\’ /], or enter your details in the sidebar form , or request an evaluation:
Our Client Care Process
Passportia is dedicated to providing you with the advice you need in a clear and helpful manner. You can read more about the usual process we go through with a client here.