British Eligibiliy

Janey57

New Member
I have just found an old passport of my mums. British Passport SoutherN Rhodesia on which I am included as a dependent child.
Does that mean I am a British Citizen and can apply for a passport -
 

Riley Haas

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Staff member
Do you know what kind of nationality she held? Does it say "British Citizen", "British National", "British Overseas Citizen" or anything like that?
 

Janey57

New Member
Do you know what kind of nationality she held? Does it say "British Citizen", "British National", "British Overseas Citizen" or anything like that?
“The holder is a British Subject: Citizen of Rhodesia and Nyasaland I. Terms of the Citizenship of Rhodesia Nyasaland and British Nationality act of 1957”
 

Riley Haas

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Staff member
Ah, so this could be a problem. The big question then, is where your mother was living when these colonies became independent - 1964 for Zambia and Malawi, 1965 for Zimbabwe. (If she is from Zimbabwe the situation is more complicated than Zambia and Malawi, or at least that is my understanding.)

Why this matter is, if she was living in the colony when it became officially independent, she should have lost her UK subject status and you are not a British citizen. However, if she had left the colony before independence, she likely retained the status. The question would then become what that entitles you to now.

Make sense?
 

Janey57

New Member
Ah, so this could be a problem. The big question then, is where your mother was living when these colonies became independent - 1964 for Zambia and Malawi, 1965 for Zimbabwe. (If she is from Zimbabwe the situation is more complicated than Zambia and Malawi, or at least that is my understanding.)

Why this matter is, if she was living in the colony when it became officially independent, she should have lost her UK subject status and you are not a British citizen. However, if she had left the colony before independence, she likely retained the status. The question would then become what that entitles you to now.

Make sense?
Thank you - I will certainly check on that
 
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