Can I get a British passport through my mother?

Asked by: Lilian Kling Sr.  |  Last update: September 11, 2022
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Mother born in the UK after 1 January 1983
Your mother is considered as being British other than by descent and can pass British citizenship to her children. You can apply for a British passport.

Can I get a British passport if my mum is British?

You were born – and probably still are – a British citizen. In such situations, the relevant mother is considered as being British other than by descent and passes British citizenship to her children. You can apply for your British passport.

Can I get British citizenship through my parents?

Parents cannot obtain British citizenship through their children, however, children can obtain British citizenship through their parents.

How do I claim British citizenship by descent?

British citizenship is normally automatically passed down one generation to children born outside the UK. For example, you might automatically become a citizen if you're born outside the UK to a British parent.
You were born outside the UK
  1. on or after 1 July 2006.
  2. between 1983 and June 2006.
  3. before 1983.

Can I get a British passport by descent?

British citizenship by descent is when a person born abroad is able to acquire citizenship through the immigration status of one or both parents. Find out more about citizenship by descent and whether you could be eligible. For more information speak with our team today on 0333 305 9375.


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Who qualifies for a British passport?

You can apply for a British passport if you're a: British citizen. British overseas territories citizen. British overseas citizen.

What does British by descent mean?

British citizenship by descent allows individuals who were not born in the UK to become British citizens on the basis of a parent's, or in some cases grandparent's, British status.

Does UK allow dual citizenship?

Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries. You do not need to apply for dual citizenship. You can apply for foreign citizenship and keep your British citizenship.

What's the difference between British citizen and British national?

As a British national it is important to know what type of nationality status that you hold as your rights will vary depending on the status that you hold. Generally, British citizenship is the only nationality that allows you to live and work in the UK without being subject to immigration time restrictions.

What is triple descent?

It is a rare instance where British Nationality can be derived by TRIPLE DESCENT - that is, from a great grandfather. It applies to a child who meets ALL of the following criteria: A child under the age of 18. The parent of this child was born BEFORE 01.01.1983 AND spent 3 years in the UK in the past.

What is British citizenship by double descent?

What is British citizenship by double descent? British citizenship by double descent is the term used to refer to inheriting British citizenship from a grandparent. As mentioned previously, it's uncommon for British citizenship to pass down more than one generation by descent.

How many years does it take to become a British citizen?

Eligibility and fees. You can apply for citizenship if you've lived in the UK for 5 years and have had one of the following for 12 months: indefinite leave to remain in the UK. 'settled status' (also known as 'indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme')

Can grandchildren of British citizens get a British passport?

By acquiring British citizenship by descent, you can become a UK national even if you were born abroad. You can get your citizenship status on the basis of a parent's or, in some cases, grandparent's British nationality.

Are there any disadvantages to dual citizenship?

Drawbacks of being a dual citizen include the potential for double taxation, the long and expensive process for obtaining dual citizenship, and the fact that you become bound by the laws of two nations.

Does a British birth certificate make you a British citizen?

You're usually automatically a British citizen if you were both: born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983. born when one of your parents was a British citizen or 'settled' in the UK.

Which countries allow dual citizenship with UK?

Some other countries that allow you to hold dual citizenship with the UK
  • Australia.
  • Canada.
  • Israel.
  • Pakistan.
  • Philippines.
  • Switzerland.
  • United States.

How many types of British passports are there?

There are 6 different types of British nationality.

How long can British citizen stay outside UK?

You are allowed to spend time outside of the UK so long as these periods of absence do not exceed 6 months at any one time. It does not matter how much time you spend outside of the UK in total during the required 5-year continuous residence period provided you return each time after a maximum of 6 months.

What are the disadvantages of dual citizenship UK?

Disadvantages of Dual US/UK citizenship
  • US citizens are required to pay US taxes for life regardless of where they live.
  • you may be required to pay US taxes on both your US and UK income.
  • you'll be required to uphold laws in both countries.

What are the advantages of British citizenship?

Benefits of citizenship
  • the right to live in the UK forever – your status will be permanently settled.
  • the right to hold a British passport.
  • full civic rights – this includes the right to vote in elections and the right to stand for public office.
  • free NHS medical care.
  • no restrictions on your right to work.

Can I leave the UK on one passport and return on another?

There are no real restrictions or definitive rules on which passport you use to book a flight, or any other form of international travel whether via ferry or train. For example, the British passport may allow visa-free entry to more countries than your other passport.

What determines your nationality UK?

If you or your parents were born in the UK, you might automatically be a British citizen. Check if you're a British citizen based on whether you were: born in the UK or a British colony before 1 January 1983.

What is the quickest way to get a passport UK?

You can book an appointment up to 3 weeks in advance. If you need a passport to travel urgently for medical treatment or because a friend or family member is seriously ill or has died, call the 'Passport Adviceline' instead.

How much does it cost to apply for British citizenship 2022?

In 2022, it costs £1,330 to make an application to naturalise as a British citizen. This includes the fee for the citizenship ceremony. In recent years the UK government has not increased the mandatory fee of £1,330 but this is subject to a review.