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What nationality am I?

Old Jun 9th 2014, 11:23 pm
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Hi everyone,

I found this forum while researching my heritage with the view to applying for a British passport. My head is spinning after trying to understand the differences between all the different kinds of British one can be!

My great grandparents were born in London, as were my grandparents on my paternal side. My father and mother were born in South Africa in 1954/8 respectively. I was born in Southern Rhodesia in 1978. In 1981 we moved to South Africa. I have a South African Residency permit valid for six months from Oct 1980 to Apr 1981 after which I can only assume we became South African Citizens. My father is deceased, but my mother says that when we entered South Africa, my father had a British passport.

I know I can apply for an ancestral visa, but my question is, based on my heritage, could I apply for a British passport directly, or will I need to have lived in the UK? I have been told that I could have been born stateless.

Is there a way to find out if my father held a British passport?

I have contacted the UK call centre, but found them to be a bit vague. I don't mind paying for someone to do the application for me, but don't want to fork out for maybe's.

I look forward to any insightful comments, or any direction towards a less complicated explanation of my options, if indeed such a thing exists.
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Old Jun 10th 2014, 1:04 am
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Hello and welcome to the forum

Suggest that you head over to the Moving back to the UK section of the forum. You'll find a lot of visa info there.
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