I'm a Libyan citizen born in 1991 Edinburgh United Kingdom. Both of my parents are Libyan. During that time my father was living there on a student visa and I've spent a little over a year there.

I'm aware of British Nationality Act 1981 and wondering if there's an indirect method to obtain British citizenship and/or passport?

  • Do you have other ties to Britain, such as a British ancestor? Jun 21, 2019 at 19:11
  • @DJClayworth if you're thinking about the ancestry visa, that is only available to nationals of commonwealth countries, which Libya is not.
    – phoog
    Jun 21, 2019 at 21:20
  • I believe for you to be automatically British at birth one of your parents would needed to have no immigration restrictions at the time (i.e. indefinite leave to remain/permanent residence), so a student visa unfortunately wouldn't be enough.
    – kiradotee
    Jun 23, 2019 at 0:02
  • @DJClayworth I have none.
    – user17484
    Jun 24, 2019 at 21:09
  • @kiradotee Actually I'm not sure of the Visa exactly. I just took a look on my father's old passport and I noticed there are many stamps with F2 code. I'm not sure what does that mean!
    – user17484
    Jun 24, 2019 at 21:23

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The government website has a checklist you can use. For people born between 1983 and 2000 this is the relevant page.

Based on it you’ll be a British citizen if when you were born at least one of your parents was either:

  • a British citizen
  • an Irish citizen living in the UK
  • a citizen of a country that was in the EU or the EEA at the time AND living in the UK, and working or studying here
  • a citizen of another country with one of the following immigration status:
    • indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
    • right of abode
    • right of re-admission

As you mentioned your father had only a student visa when you were born, which is unfortunately not one of the categories mentioned above. You can check here on more details about these three categories.

Also he wasn't a citizen of an EU/EEA country at the time you were born as well.

Based on these details you are most likely not a British citizen.

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