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Claiming British Citizenship by descent (grandparent) – also known as British Citizenship by double descent – is based on at least one of your grandparents being British. Double descent will require you to meet certain guidelines depending on when you and your grandparents were born.
There are several ways that you can qualify for British Citizenship by descent (grandparent) but they must be provisional in law providing that a grandparent or great grandparent were classified as British or born in the UK.
There are 3 possible scenarios in which a claim will be relevant under British Citizenship by Double Descent:
Once a child turns 18, there are particular circumstances that normally apply for British Citizenship that are no longer available for applications. This is why it’s important that any applications for British Citizenship by descent (grandparent) are complete before the child turns 18. If a child is looking to claim British Citizenship by double descent before the age of 18, there are particular circumstances that can make them eligible:
There are a number of situations where you can qualify for British Citizenship by descent (grandparent) under this scenario. This includes:
If you were born outside of the UK and claim to have a UK-born grandparent, you may be eligible to apply for British Citizenship by descent depending on your circumstances. These can be complex cases which means they must be assessed on a case by case basis. There are 3 common scenarios that occur under this circumstance:
If you were born outside the UK to parents that are British Citizens, you are not automatically granted citizenship to the UK. This means you would be required to apply for British citizenship by descent and will be eligible providing you meet guidelines to qualify.
If you are not British but have a British grandparent and are a Commonwealth citizen then you have the option to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa as an alternative to applying for British Citizenship by descent (grandparent). In order to be eligible to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa, you would need to match the following requirements:
It must be noted that if you have step-parents then you will be unable to claim for an Ancestry Visa.
In order to apply for British citizenship by double descent, you will initially have to apply for British Citizenship. It’s then though this process that you’ll be able to confirm whether or not you’re valid to apply through descent.
Each application for British Citizenship by descent will be assessed by UKVI on an individual basis. Since this is a complex procedure with a number of routes depending on your age, it is advisable to get the help of an immigration expert.
In order for you to qualify for British citizenship by double descent, there are particular guidelines that you need to match. The information provided on this page can help you find out how to get British citizenship by descent through your Grandparent.
Your immigration lawyer will ensure you are eligible for British Citizenship by descent or double descent. Your lawyer will advise you on the best route for you towards British Citizenship, working closely to support your family.
We can also advise on your other options to apply for British Citizenship by descent, such as the UK Ancestry Visa. Call us on +1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form to discuss your case and start your next steps.
If you were born after January 1, 1983
These are the following circumstances in which you can claim double descent if you were born after 1983:
If you were born before January 1st, 1983
You may be able to claim British Citizenship by double descent when:
If you were born before January 1st, 1949
The most common cases of those born before 1949 claiming British Citizenship by descent (grandparent) include:
Only British citizens are able to apply for a British passport. Before you can begin this application, you must be registered or naturalized as a British citizen. If one or more of your grandparents was born in the UK, there may be some circumstances in which you could claim British Citizenship through them.
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