British Nationality

British Nationality

The law governing British nationality is extremely complex and it is therefore always advisable to seek professional advice to determine whether or not you are a British citizen or are entitled to apply for registration as a British citizen.

People often confuse applying for a British passport with applying for British citizenship. It is only possible to obtain a British passport if you are already a British citizen. If you are not already a British citizen but qualify to apply for British citizenship you will need to submit a successful British citizenship application before you can apply for a British passport.

There are essentially three ways to become a British citizen:

  • Automatically (example, by virtue of having been born in the UK before 1 January 1983 or by descent if born outside the UK to a British parent who acquired his/her British citizenship other than by descent)
  • Registration (example, a child who is born in the UK after 1 January 1983 whose parent acquires indefinite leave to remain in the UK after the child’s birth)
  • Naturalisation (example, someone who has spent 5 years in the UK on a work visa and 1 year holding indefinite leave to remain in the UK)

Someone who acquired British citizenship automatically does not need to apply for confirmation of their citizenship and can apply for a British passport at any time.

Someone who acquired British citizenship by registration or naturalisation must apply for confirmation of their British citizenship and will thereafter be entitled to apply for a British passport.

Contact Address

UK Visa Centre

17 Wilmot Road, Tygerhof

Cape Town, 7441

Phone: 082 858 4186


About UK Visa Centre

UK Visa Centre offers the services of a qualified and experienced UK immigration consultant. We can assist you in obtaining any type of UK visa you may require. We can also help you to acquire British nationality and a British passport. We take great pride in our professional and personalised service standard, see our "Client Testimonials" in this regard.


UK Visa Centre is an independent UK immigration consultancy.
We are in no way affiliated to the UK immigration authorities
or their application centres.