How to Get British Citizenship by Descent (Grandparent)
You can claim British citizenship by descent grandparent if you meet certain guidelines. This process is called claiming double descent. Double descent claims are usually taken on a case-by-case basis. However, there are guidelines put in place which you can follow if you are looking to claim British citizenship by descent through a grandparent.
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If you were born after the 1st January 1983, the following situations would give you a claim for British citizenship by descent (grandparent):
- You have a (British born) grandfather was in Crown service at the time of your relevant parent’s birth; or
- You or a parent were born in a former British colony; or
- Your parent: had a (British-born) mother and not a British born father; and
- Was registered as a British citizen between February 2nd and December 31st, 1982.
These are some examples of cases which have allowed individuals to claim British citizenship by descent (or double descent) in the past:
- You/your parent was born in a former British territory (excluding main Commonwealth countries of 1949);
- You/your parent was registered as a British citizen;
- Your parent was in Crown service when you were born;
- Your parents married before 1949, and your father’s father was born in the UK;
- Your mother’s father was born in the UK and you were born outside the EEA.
If you were born before 1949, you may be able to claim British citizenship by descent from a grandparent under certain circumstances. The most common types of claim happen in the following circumstances:
- You and your parent were not in a Commonwealth country (must be born before 1915)
- You or your parent were born in a former British territory
- Your grandparent or parent was married to a British man before 1949