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British Roots? You May Qualify for British Citizenship!

This past year there have been significant developments in British Nationality law, and more people now qualify for British citizenship.

British Citizenship

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This past year there were significant developments in British Nationality law. The changes to the British Nationality law bode good news for many persons with British roots, as they may now qualify for British Citizenship, whereas they previously did not qualify.

When were the changes to the British Nationality Act introduced?

The British Nationality and Borders Bill were slowly passed through the British Parliament. It was signed into law on 28 April 2022. Part 1 of the Bill deals with Nationality and only came into force at the end of June 2022. This part of the Act inserts many new provisions for registration as a British citizen or British Overseas Territories citizen. It also creates many more routes to British citizenship.

It is thus this part of the Bill (now part of the Act) that is causing all the excitement in the UK immigration world.

Why the changes to the British Nationality Act?

Historically there were many injustices and discrimination in British laws and regulations. The Nationality part of the Act hopes to redress these historical injustices and discrimination. The aim of the new Act is thus to put persons in the position who would have automatically become British citizens had the past laws been just and fair.

There are three major objectives relating to this discrimination and injustice:

  1. Addressing the historic inability of mothers and unmarried fathers to transmit British Overseas Territories Citizenship leading to a possible entitlement to full British Citizenship.
  2. Registering persons as British citizens who could not do so due to historical injustice.
  3. To implement a discretionary waiver of residence criteria for naturalisation.

Who might benefit from the new British Nationality and Borders Act?

Breytenbachs recommend that persons with British roots who hope to gain British citizenship get in touch with Breytenbachs.

Should one of the circumstances below apply to you, you might qualify for British citizenship:

  • If parents with British roots adopted you;
  • You have a UK-born grandparent or great-grandparent;
  • If you have a parent or grandparent who was born in a former British territory:
  • You got married before 1983 to a person with British roots or roots in a former British territory.

How Breytenbachs can help you

Breytenbachs have a dedicated British Nationality Department. They will use your family history to explore and investigate all possible avenues to all types of UK nationality and the right of abode in the UK. Breytenbachs’ premise is to find a way for our clients if one exists. 

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. 

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