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The UK Border Agency has today published proposed changes under the British Nationality Act 1981. 

The announcement reads: 

A person who has a British mother currently has a right to register as a British citizen under section 4C of the British Nationality Act 1981 if: 

  • he or she was born between 7 February 1961 and 1 January 1983; and
  • he or she would have become a British citizen if women had been able to pass on citizenship in the same way as men at that time 

The Government has proposed changes to the law to allow people born before the 1961 date to British mothers to be registered as British citizens.

These proposals are set out in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill which is currently being debated in Parliament. If successful, this Bill will extend the provisions of section 4C of the British Nationality Act 1981 to those born before 1961.
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Further information about registration under section 4C can be found in Guide UKM which you can download from the UKBA website

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50 Responses to “UK Border Agency announce changes for British mothers under section 4C”
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  1. Hi
    I just wanna know im n student visa but my wife s British citizen and we gonna have a baby soon ..so can I get my permanent residence under the new rules thx …

  2. You need advice on ancestral visas

  3. hi
    My father holds a British passport Old
    When Aden was a British protectorate
    I want to renewing
    And benefit from it please advise me
    Is there hope
    Can we take advantage of my father’s passport
    Please help me

  4. hi

    My father holds a British passport Old

    When Aden was a British protectorate

    I want to renewing

    And benefit from it please advise me

    Is there hope

    Can we take advantage of my father’s passport

    Please help me

  5. My mother was born in April 1961 in kenya while her father was born in england in 1932 and he was serving in british navy at the time her birth. I was born in 1978 in kenya can I apply for a british passport under the female line As mentioned in guidance notes of Form UKM.born before 1983 by british mothers.

  6. Jacqueline Lane says :

    My mother was born in Wales, through this I have a right of abode stamp in my zimbabwean passport. I was born in rhodesia on the 30th April, 1964 an would like to find out if I am eligible to apply for a British passport through my mother? If I can, please advise on the procedure? Thank you

  7. Hi All, has anyone been successful using the UKM registration for British Citizenship. I sent my application off in March, been waiting 4 months. i know the waiting times vary, but would just like to hear from somebody who has actually been successful.

  8. hi
    this reply is for Shazia Khan
    i m asad i applied for registration as a british citizen
    using UKM my mother and grandparents are from kenya and mother was born in nairobi in 45 she has british passport and living in uk on and off for several years. i was born in pakistan in 1976(mother was british at that time)
    its been 5 months since my application which i submitted in british high commision islamabad my file was sent to home office in uk this jan
    i think u r all gud to go with ur application can ask me if u have any question.

  9. hi
    this reply is for Shazia Khan
    i m asad i applied for registration as a british citizen
    using UKM my mother and grandparents are from kenya and mother was born in nairobi in 45 she has british passport and living in uk on and off for several years. i was born in pakistan in 1976(mother was british at that time)
    its been 5 months since my application which i submitted in british high commision islamabad my file was sent to home office in uk this jan
    i think u r all gud to go with ur application can ask me if u have any question.
    wish u all the best

  10. muhammad rahman says :

    hi to everyone i am a british citizen by descent i am married and have my wife and kids in bangladesh can i make there british passports or could i apply for there british passports will they get it

  11. Penny Little says :

    My partner was born in 1959 in Canada – so is canadian, his mother was born and raised in UK, she immigrated to Canada in 1950. I believe he can apply for certificate of ROA but can he also apply for british citizenship as his mother was UK born. She has now a canadian citizenship. Trying to find out info is hard going – the UK border website gives some but not all info and when you get in touch with them they dont give answers and they NEVER reply to emails.Can someone answer this please – he is a commonwealth citizen of canada born to a british mother who has now turned canadian, what can he apply for – ROA and?

  12. Christine Thompson says :

    Hi, my mother is British, born in 1919, she married my Canadian father during world war 11 and moved to Canada in 1946. I was born in Canada in 1953. Can I apply for British Citizenship at this time?

  13. Dear Sir.
    My grand mother was British, and my mother was born in 1930 in Egypt, she only got a British passport in September 2010.after the British Nationality Act 1981. My question could she pass the British Nationality to me and my sister?
    Omar Ismail

  14. Raynor Shaun Bowker says :

    To anyone who may be able to help and advise.

    I was born in Brunei on the 18th Feb 1971 whilst my father was serving in the British Army, unfortunately at the actual time of my birth my father was on resettlement (Interim period between Solider and civilian, still being paid by the Army) however on inquiring at the BHC was deem no longer serving under the crown, he was born in the UK and holds a British Passport. My mother was born in Brunei however was in possession of a British Passport even before her marriage.
    My birth was registered in the UK and I have 2 birth certification, one from Brunei and the other from the UK. Ive been informed that I’m only British by decent and not able to apply for British passports for my two boys born in 2003 and 2007 in Malaysia.
    My wife and I married in Indonesia in Nov 2000, she was born in Malaysia on the 1st July 1976. Her mother is British, born in the UK to British parents, my wife’s her father is Malaysian. My wife has had a Right Of Abode for may years however our children do not.
    We intend to live and reside in the UK and would like to know if my wife can apply for a British Passport likewise can my 2 boys do the same.

  15. shaziakhan says :

    Respected Sir,
    With respetfully, my mother was born 26th of may 1944 in nairobi Kenya which was remained british territory and colonies.My grandfather and grandmother was also british citizen and my mother is also british citizen.She married here in pakistn.now she is living in Uk.i was born in 1978 in Pakistan can i apply for the British Nationality under section 4C. Please reply me how and which section i should apply for the british nationality.And what law should be used for this case,and what kind of requirements should be met.Waiting for yours kind reply .thans.
    I shall be greatful to you .
    Shazia

  16. Hi

    I need help, I am a british citizen so is my mother and my siblings. My father lives in Somalia, but was born in Aden,Yaman in the 1940’s. He does not have a birth certificate. Is there anyway in which he can apply for British citizenship? Some lawayer I once spoke to but lost contact with, made this suggestion.

    Thanks

  17. dina maher ali rabea says :

    my father and my mother were born under the a colony of Aden period and my father and my mother have british birth certificate, my father have the old British passport but not renewed , moreover my grandfather has the old british passport
    Can I apply for british citizenship/passport?

  18. I’m a British citizen and I currently live in Ghana. I have a Nigerian partner for the last year, she has a son from a previous relationship who holds a British Passport. I am due to return to UK shortly and would like them to come and live with me. Would she be allowed entry to UK and would she be able to take employment there. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  19. Mohamed Ahmed yusuf says :

    I born in Aden in 1963 I have birth certificate of Aden State under the crown great Britain .
    can i apply for British passport.

    Thank you/

  20. mohamed hanash says :

    my father has got british passport color black and his jop written government official can i renew this passport my facebook address mohammed hanash

  21. my father and my mother were born under the a colony of Aden period and my father and my mother have british birth certificate, my father have the old British passport but not renewed , moreover my grandfather has the old british passport , but now all of them died, so can i apply for the nationality ? Pls i need help.

  22. Tameem Fawzi Radman says :

    my father and my mother were born under the a colony of Aden period and my father has the british birth certeficate moreover my mother has the old british passport so can i apply for one?

  23. mohammed says :

    والدي يحمل الجواز البريطاني من مستعمرة ومحمية عدن لون الجواز أسود هل يمكن تجديد هذا الجواز أرجوكم افيدوني جزاكم الله خيرا رقم الجوال

  24. Hello,
    Pals is it possible to aquire a british Visa with my Grandfathers BRITISH PROTECTORATE Passport?
    I’ll be thankfull for any advise……….

  25. Julia Davidson says :

    Hello, I have a few questions about becoming an uk bc. It is a complicated situation. I am German married to a british soldier. We have been married for 6 years but lived in Germany for that lenght of time as my Husband is based here ever since. Now i would like to become a bc because i am a pediatric nurse and i would like to work for a british organisation (but i would need to be british for that so our children can continue their british education over here). I have never lived in tht uk myself. The organisation is currently based in Germany.How big is my chance to get the british citizenship? It would make things a lot easier for us for when we have to move to the uk, for me finding a job etc. Thank you, kind regards.

  26. choudry muhammad yousuf sharif says :

    can we some how track our ukm form application

  27. choudry muhammad yousuf sharif says :

    hi i have applied for naturalization application through ukm form from Dubai can you tell me how long will it take and what the waiting time for approval ..my details are i was born to British citizen by birth she was born in London and i was born to her in 1976..

  28. Maryanne Smyth says :

    My question is this, what are my chances of acquiring British citizenship &/or British passport??? I was born on January 17, 1945 in Manila, Philippines. my father who was also born in the Philippines was the son of an Englishman born in London, England, his father was also London born while his mother was an Englishwoman born & raised in Barbados, West Indies. On the other hand my mother’s maternal grandfather as well as great-grandfather were Britishers on account of bein born in Hongkong of Portuguese descent. We never really followed up much on paperwork when my grandfather passed & since my father was born while the Philippines was an American colony, we eventually acquired US citizenship & here we are in the USA now. It has always been our desire to work on our citizenship by ancestry & till present UIm trying to see how I could be helped. Any ideas would be appreciated. Looking forward to a kind counsel, Thank you kindly & best regards.

  29. Children of unmarried British fathers
    With effect from 1 July 2006, children may acquire British citizenship automatically from an unmarried British father (or a British permanent resident if the child is born in the United Kingdom). Proof of paternity must be shown.

    Children born to unmarried British fathers before 1 July 2006 are not included in this provision. However they can be registered as British citizens upon application to the Home Office (if not British some other way), provided the child is aged under 18 and would have been British had the father been married to the mother. However, the agreement of the mother is needed. If the mother refuses then policy is for the home office to enquire of her reasons for refusal. If her reasons are deemed unreasonable registration may still be granted. Also, the minor can apply in his own right on reaching the age of 17.

  30. Agree with Tabitha. I am a British Citizen born in England. My son was born in the USA (in 2003). Because I was not married to his mother, he can not get automatic British citizenship by descent. Madness! I can’t understand how they can fix obviously broken backward laws, yet leave the original victims hanging by not making it retroactive.

  31. My Grandfather was a British Protectorate from Aden in 18 Nov 1955.He moved to Kenya in 1910,is there a chance we could apply for British Citizenship?Where can we get help to apply

  32. My Freind was born in England.She left when is was eight years old to setel in Indan with her perants.She has a British Passport and now she is perganent,can she come over to give brith to her child in England.Her stay is for two months,so she can give rights to her child as a British Citizenship.
    Can this happen?

  33. My Grandfather was a British Protectorate from Aden in 1955.He moved to Kenya in 1910,is there a chance we could apply for British Citizenship.Where can we get help to apply.

  34. My Grandfather was a British Protectorate from Aden in 18 Nov 1955.He moved to Kenya in 1910,is there a chance we could apply for British Citizenship?Where can we get help to apply.

  35. Hi,
    my father was born in 1962 in Yemen,Aden.Can he have the british nationality?
    thank you.

  36. if i am presently in uk as student visa & my mother have british passport. can i apply for indefinate visa & how .

  37. my mother have british passport. we are three sisters & one brother.my mother was born in campala- africa in 1956.can i apply for british citizenship.

  38. Heather says :

    I was born to 2 British born umarried citizens living in British Columbia in 1981, I came to England aged 7month old (sent by the British john commission)after a breakdown in family to live with my grandmother. This July I will have been living in the uk for 28yrs, I’ve recently decided to get married and arranged everything, explained the situation where I was born etc, and asked if there was any special documents I need and was told “NO” when I went for my marriage licence I was then informed I needed permission from the home office. But after many phone calls I’ve been left more confused and lost. I’ve applied for a COA and want to know if I’d been entitled to a British passport? Any help will be appreciated! Thank you

  39. I was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia in 1964 and adopted at birth by British Citizens. I was not registered in the british registry for my birth/adoption, or so we think. Can I still apply for british citizenship under the basis that I was born in Rhodesia in 1964 and adopted by British Citizens.

  40. Niraj Madhani says :

    I want to apply for British Citizenship. While checking for my eligibility, I came across the Clause 41 Descent through the female line. I have also gone through the Guide for Form UKM. I am unclear whether I am eligible for the above said Form.
    My details are as below:
    I am born in 1979 in India and resident of the same (When I was born my mother was a Citizen of United Kingdom and Colonies).
    My mother was born in the year 1948 in Colony of Aden and she was a British Subject a Citizen of United Kingdom and Colonies by virtue of Birth. Her Birth Certificate is of Colony of Aden.
    Both my maternal grandparents were Citizen of United Kingdom and Colonies.
    Her United Kingdom and Colonies passport expired in 1964. She got her Passport renewed in year 2000 where her updated status was of British Overseas Citizen.
    After that she applied for British Citizenship under Section 4B of British Nationality Act (Form B (os)) in the Year 2004 and she was registered as a British Citizen in the same year.
    As mentioned in guidance notes of Form UKM, I can provide the birth certificate & Expired United Kingdom and Colonies passport of my mother.
    The status of my mother’s United Kingdom and Colonies passport & British Overseas Citizen now stands cancelled as she is registered as a British Citizen.
    I solicit your kind advice and guidance in regard for confirming my eligibility.

  41. monika patel says :

    hello,
    i was born to a british mother in the year 1980 in india and lived my whole life in india.my mother was born in kenya and she was become british citizen in before 1947 but she is live in usa from last 4 years.before usa she was stay in india not in britan. she spend her whole life in india.Can i apply for british citizenship?

  42. Alan Hickey says :

    Hi,
    I was born to a British mother in the year 1979 in Australia and have lived my whole life in Australia. Can I apply for british citizenship/passport?

  43. Mohamed says :

    Hi,
    I was born to a British protected mother. Since then she applied for full citizenship which she got in 2003. My month of birth was Septemer 1979. My monther’s month of birth is May 1953. Will i qualify for a british citizenship under the British nationality act 4c of 1981?

  44. Agree with Tabitha. British born by decent? They never lived in UK and they have the mentality of the country they are living at present. But they refuse to register a child born in the UK before July 2006 from unmarried partners (if his name is not in the Birth Cert). Even if the child is going to the nursery, school and so on and have more developing british mentality. Most important if his dad is British and is been living in UK and maintaining him. He just does not want to put his name in the BC bcs of personal reasons (like he is married or so on). Would be great if it is changed!!!!!!

  45. Dear Sir,
    I am a british overseas woman, well educated, got married to an indian national in 1971. from 1971 to 1978 had three children. Visited England in 1974, stayed for eight months, applied for permanet settlement inthe UK. was refused, as british overseas women were treated differently than british overseas men.Enquired many times about my status, always had a negative reply. As the story goes the grapes were sour,left enquiring. In April 2001,my husband died, all the doors were closed, Knocked the british embassy door, thanks to them , youngest child accompanied me to the united kingdom for permanent settlement.The two adult children are married.
    under section 4C of the british nationality act 1981,they fulfill all the requirments. Iam currently a british citizen, settled permanently in uk, secondly both my children are born in the period required (7th february1961- 1st january 1983).My son was born on 9th november1971 and daughter on 26th september 1973. Both are well educated.
    Can I register them
    Advise at your earliest convience
    Thanks
    Vijay

  46. vishal says :

    Dear Sir,

    Give me a guidance , can i applied under section 4(c) for registration of british citizen as per new immigraion bills.

    Mother Born :- In Nanyuki , Africa in 1951
    My Born :- 1978 , india

  47. DENNIS NUÑEZ HUGHES says :

    It’s very sad that the British government still acts like a third world country discriminating against women.
    My mother was born in Manchester and at the present time I have not been able to have my British citizenship, I would be glad if they can approve this very soon.

  48. Susan Parnell says :

    Please could you advise when (and how) we can apply for citizenship under the new law that acknowledges children of British others born before 1961. Thanks.

  49. Sadly, they still refuse to register births for a child born BEFORE July 1, 2006 to an unmarried British father. Once this bill passes, that will be the only group denied British citizenship through a British parent!

    We need this changed!

  50. JHUNPANGISBA says :

    HI GOOD DAY! I WOULD IKE TO ASK IF I CAN MOVE TO OTHER COLLEGE ON SEPTEMBER TO TAKE NVQL3.I WAS HERE LAST MAY 4 2008 AND MAY VISA EXPIRE ON 2011.MY REASON TO TRANSFER IS THAT THE COLLEGE DOES’NT PROVIDE A WORK PLACE FOR ME TO ENHANCE MY COURSE AS AN IT STUDENTS SO PLS. I NEED YOUR ADVICE. THANKS ND GOD BLESS

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