Applicant Parent Born in UK

Applicant Born in UK Parent Born in UK Grandparent Born in UK Great Grandparent Born in UK

This page caters for applicants that were born outside of the UK and have biological parent(s) born in the UK.

The purpose of this page serves to reveal what the rules are available to applicants in South Africa.
At this stage, just like our previous section (where applicants were born in the UK), we do not differentiate in terms of the applicants age. The “age of the applicant” variable is taken into consider in the next section (where we discuss applicants that have a UK born grandparent).

Just like the previous page though, this content serves to help clarify the common technicalities we experience in this industry. We are going to address the eligibility for British nationality, thereafter, we will address the types of British nationality (and its consequences). Then, as usual, we will close off with some solutions available to these cases.

Eligibility for British Nationality

To be eligible for British nationality, based on the fact that the applicant in question has a UK born parent is fairly straight forward.

Had you asked this question in 2012, we would have needed to provide more thorough assessment. Prior to 2012, emphasis was placed on the applicants parent marital status.

The British government still have some complex hurdles to cross though. Especially in cases where the applicant was born before 1983 and their biological mother was born in the UK. UKAISA Case C3 for those wondering. This is a more administratively case (that has additional steps that we help clients navigate through).

Types of British Nationality

The British government informally have two types of commonly experienced British nationality. I refer to it as either “full” or “half” nationality.

Please note, I tend to swop around the terms “nationality” and “citizenship”. An applicant can be a British national (which is the same as a British citizen). Same concept, different terminology.

  • Full British citizenship is legally defined as “British national otherwise than by descent”.
  • Half British citizenship is legally defined as “British national by descent”.

With the above in mind, it is important to note that applicants that have a parent born in the UK (when they were not), have claim to British nationality.

The complication is that in these cases, applicants are only granted half citizenship rights. Formally known as “British nationality by descent”.

Why do I call it half you might ask?

Applicants who claim through parents place of birth cannot pass down British citizenship to their children (not automatically that is). Children born to applicants that have a parent born in the UK do not benefit (automatically at least) to the fact that their parent (the applicant) has a British passport (or is entitled to one).

The only way that applicants can pass down “half” citizenship rights is if they themselves live in the UK for 3 years or more.

In cases where applicants are awarded half British citizenship, some cases are also issued with a Certificate of British registration. This simply serves to confirm that half British citizenship has been awarded (and not full).

Solutions Available

As we hope you have noticed, Move Up is completely UKIASA compliant in our immigration practice. Therefore we follow the codes and practices set out by UKIASA (UK Immigration Authority of South Africa).

When it comes to our product offerings (known as solutions), we offer the following assistance to applicants that were born in the UK:


Next up, we take a look at the options available when an applicants grandparent was born in the UK. We have also created content to address cases where applicants great grandparent was born in the UK.


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