I was born in 1982 in Libya. At the time, my father, a Libyan, was living in the UK on a normal visa. He eventually acquired British citizenship in 1986. I am Libyan.

Can I get British citizenship as well?

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    Where were you born and what is your citizenship? Is it the same as your father's before he became a British citizen? I think it's unlikely because he was not a British citizen when you were born.
    – mkennedy
    Dec 20, 2016 at 18:08
  • Hello Dorothy i was born in Libya and my citizenship is Libyan .. yes it's same Dec 20, 2016 at 20:01
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    You were born before 1983, so the citizenship checker might not be too useful: gov.uk/check-british-citizen but you are most likely not a British citizen, and the only way you can get it is through living legally in the UK and then getting ILR and naturalise afterwards
    – SztupY
    Dec 21, 2016 at 11:21

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As you were born prior to your father obtaining British citizenship, you are probably not a British citizen. You would have to emigrate to the UK and qualify for naturalisation, It takes time and you should review the immigration options in advance of applying for a visa.

  • Is there no path to citizenship for the minor child of someone who naturalizes in the UK?
    – phoog
    Aug 3, 2017 at 0:31

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