Moving back to UK with partner

Old May 16th 2022, 12:54 pm
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Don't know the answer I'm afraid.... but one of the criteria of the Ancestry visa is that a grandparent must have been born in the US - so this grandparent born in Namibia would not qualify you for it.

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You must show that you have a grandparent born in one of the following circumstances:
  • in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man
  • before 31 March 1922 in what is now Ireland
  • on a ship or aircraft that was either registered in the UK or belonged to the UK government
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Old May 16th 2022, 9:39 pm
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South West Africa was a German colony until 1915 when it was captured by South Africa during WWI. It was then made a League of Nations Mandate territory administrated by South Africa. A separate South African citizenship wasn’t created until September 1949.

Do we know if your partner’s father holds a British or South African passport?
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Where was partner born and where was partner's father born?
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Partner: Birth: Windhoek, 15 Jan 1986
South African passport at birth and then got a Namibian passport after independence. But kept South African passport whilst living in South Africa and let his Namibian passport expires. Now lives in Australia and has an Australian passport too.

Father: Birth: 4 February 1958 - Gobabis, South West Africa (Namibia)
Namibian passport currently, but would have had a South African passport at his son's birth (my partners birth)

Grandfather: Birth: 29 July 1910, Keitsaub, Gobabis, South West Africa (Namibia)
Death: 17 June 1969 Gobabis, South West Africa (Namibia)
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Old May 22nd 2024, 9:33 pm
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Here is all the information we have so far:

My partner is looking to see if he can get some form of rights for Germany or UK.

Details of my partner and his family are below:

Partner: Birth: Windhoek, 15 Jan 1986
South African passport at birth and then got a Namibian passport after independence. But kept South African passport whilst living in South Africa and has Namibian passport. Now lives in Australia and has an Australian passport too.

Father: Birth: 4 February 1958 - Gobabis, South West Africa (Namibia)
Namibian passport currently, but would have had a South African passport at his son's birth (my partners birth)

Grandfather: Birth: 29 July 1910, Keitsaub, Gobabis, South West Africa (Namibia)
Death: 17 June 1969 Gobabis, South West Africa (Namibia)
He was born in Namibia (then South-west Africa) in 1910 to German parents who emigrated there in 1908.

My partner's mum sent us a photo of a certificate of Naturalisation (written in Afrikaans) and we're trying to translate it. Attached below.

British Nationality and Union Neutralization and Alien Status Act, 1926.
On 17 June 1949 his grandfather (on his dad's side) became a British citizen. My partners dad was then born 1958.



Google translation:


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After 2 years, it's admirable that you have obtained these documents.
Can't help I'm afraid as I still don't understand how grand-dad was naturalised as a British subject when he was born in (now) Namibia to German parents.

Are you not able to move to the UK under the current UK immigration spouse process?
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Old May 24th 2024, 7:37 pm
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It took a while and had his parents scrambling to find these on our visit there last month!

I don't understand either but thats what the document says lol.

The current pathway for the UK can be done but considering all options at this stage.
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Old Jul 21st 2024, 5:51 am
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Your partner's grandfather naturalised as a British subject under South African law on 17 June 1949. Unfortunately that doesn't help you as a separate South African citizenship act came into effect on 2 September 1949 meaning that, without a connection to the UK, he would automatically become a South African citizen rather than a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies, and therefore there is no route to becoming a British citizen through this particular line.
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