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Clarification of British Nationality and Borders Act  

If you think you might qualify to apply for British nationality or the right of abode in the UK, Breytenbachs can assist you.

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Parts of the new Nationality and Borders Act came into force at the end of June 2022. The new parts insert provisions to register as a British citizen or British Overseas Territories citizen and opened up new routes to British citizenship.

The main aim of the new provisions was to remedy past injustices in British nationality law and to put persons in the position who would have automatically become British citizens had past laws been just and fair.

Numerous clients have since approached Breytenbachs who seek assistance and want to determine whether they qualify to apply. Following previous articles on the issue, Breytenbachs would like to clarify the following routes to citizenship.

Marriage to a British national before 1983

Historically, only women married to British men were allowed to register themselves as British nationals. As such, the law clearly discriminated against women. To correct this historical injustice, the new changes allow men married to British women before 01 January 1983 to register as British citizens. 

Maternal grandparents born in the UK

Historically, British nationality could only be passed through the male line. Over the years, however, changes have been made to British nationality to correct this discrimination, but these changes were limited. Under the new changes, applicants may be able to register as British nationals if they meet certain requirements.

Note of Caution  

Although we provide broad guidelines on who might qualify for British nationality under the new Borders and Nationality Act regulations, it does not mean everyone who fits within these broad guidelines will be eligible. We have to look at the circumstances of every individual case before we can advise.

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How Breytenbachs can help you

If you think you might qualify to apply for British nationality or the right of abode in the UK under the new changes, you are welcome to contact Breytenbachs. We have a service to evaluate all such claims, using a detailed process to investigate all possible avenues.

Please email Breytenbachs at info@bic-immigration.com or visit our website for more information. You can also phone your nearest Breytenbachs on the following numbers: Durban – 031 880 2777, Cape Town – 021 830 5246 or Pretoria – 021 460 9959, or our London office at +44 207 442 2160.

Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.