My mother was born (1944) in the USA to a British Father and an American Mother. She wants to know what she needs to do to become a UK resident.

She was born in wedlock, her father was born in the UK to UK citizens.


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For questions like this, I would normally steer you to: https://www.gov.uk/check-british-citizen. For people born before 1983, things are messy. The two issues are if her parents were married and if her father's citizenship could be transmitted to his children. For example, today, citizens by descent do not automatically pass on citizenship to their children. Your best bet is to talk to an immigration lawyer familiar with UK law.

As your grandfather was born in the UK to UK citizens (i.e., your great grand parents) and was in wedlock with your grandmother, she is eligible to register as a citizen. Given her circumstances her citizenship will not pass down to her children. She cannot become a resident until she registers as a citizen. I cannot find any guidance as to whether she can register from within the UK.

  • I have read and read and read and cant find anything that says born in the US. Perhaps I have missed but not for want of looking. My UK resident brother is talking to an immigration charity this week to see if he can sort her from that end as its not working my trying to do it from the US. Cheers
    – user10846
    Jan 24, 2017 at 21:11
  • @Gahebo see edits.
    – StrongBad
    Jan 24, 2017 at 22:57
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    @Gahebo you cannot find anything that says "born in the US" because, as far as British citizenship is concerned, there's no difference for people who were born in the US, or France, or Cambodia or Ecuador. All that matters is that she was not born in the UK or any dependency of the UK.
    – phoog
    Jan 25, 2017 at 0:35
  • Thank you very much, I will use this information and see how we get on. Legalese is not a language I am fluent in so all of y'alls help is greatly appreciated.
    – user10846
    Jan 26, 2017 at 17:07

Based on the information provided after the edit, that she was born in wedlock and her father was a British citizen by birth in the UK, she is almost certainly currently a British citizen. She can apply for a British passport for purposes of moving to the UK.

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