My fiance's dad was born in Cambridge (UK) while his dad was in the US airforce and his mom was a local (UK born). Would he qualify for a visa based on his dad's place of birth and grandmothers? His father's birth certificate states that he was born in Cambridge instead of an air force base. And my fiance's grandmother lived in Wimbledon until she moved to the US. I'm not sure what the rules would be for visa requirements are in his case.


The status of his parents isn’t quite clear. If his mother was “a local born in the UK” and it means she is a British citizen, then the son inherits British citizenship from her. He is British. If he was himself born in the UK, then he is British citizen “not by descent” and his children inherit British citizenship from him. If he is born outside the UK then he is only “British citizen by descent” and his children only have British citizenship if they are born in the UK.

Since his father isn’t British, it doesn’t matter where he was born as far as UK citizenship is concerned.

Sorry, got confused. All the above actually applies not to the fiancé but the fiancé’d dad. It seems your fiancé’s dad was British not by descent, which makes the fiancé British by descent. He is British citizen. He can just get a British passport. And about the only people in the world who can’t get a UK visa are British citizens - because they don’t need one.

  • This answer may be correct but I think there's an ambiguity. The law prior to 1983 gave some priority to the status of the father. In particular the British-born child of a working foreign diplomat father did not acquire British citizenship no matter what the status of the mother was. Given that the father here was a US citizen working for the US government, and assuming the son was born before 1983, I think the answer might depend on the diplomatic status of the father's position.
    – Dennis
    Mar 4 at 21:22
  • Thank you Dennis! It can get a little confusing so my apologies, gnasher729. My fiance's grandmother was born in the UK as well as his father. The part that I was not sure about was the status of my fiance's dad citizenship as his father was not born in the UK since he was working for the Air Force when he got married to a British citizen. I guess with those details it might be a case by case basis. Mar 5 at 22:34
  • British; you are stuck with it. People ask me if I gave up my British citizenship when I got German citizenship, but I tell them it's like AIDS, once you've got it that's that. (I was born in the UK of British parents.) So my kids, born in Germany of a German and a Brit, are British too, whether they want to be or not. At least, that's how it was last time I checked.
    – RedSonja
    Mar 10 at 9:44

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