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.

How can we help you apply for your British citizenship by double descent?

Each case for British citizenship by descent grandparent will be judged by UKVI on a case-by-case basis. If you feel you may have a claim British citizenship by double descent, it is advised that you speak with an immigration specialist. Our immigration lawyers can guide you through each stage of your enquiry or application process. They have assisted many individuals with their successful claims for British citizenship by double descent, including through grandparent descent.  Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in British citizenship by descent cases. Your personal lawyer will work with you and your family to find the best route towards citizenship and manage your application. They will also assess your eligibility for British citizenship by descent or help you pursue other options, such as the UK Ancestry Visa.
For more information or to discuss your circumstances in regards to British citizenship by descent, make an enquiry today or call 0333 305 3750 now for a free consultation.

British citizenship by descent grandparent FAQs

For those born after January 1st, 1983

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.

For those born before January 1st, 1983 

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.

For those born before January 1st, 1949

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

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