Father: had a British passport he let expire. Grandfather: British citizen. Grandmother: married him pre-1949, automatically making her a citizen. Me: Australian national, NZ resident, wants to live in the UK. Please help me make sense of what I can apply for!
I've combed through previous AskMes on the subject as well as the UK Border Agency, but I'm getting some severely conflicted information on the subject and my head is spinning. I'm on the cusp of applying for an ancestry visa
, but I'm not sure whether I can actually get citizenship via my father. YANML, but I'd love to rule out getting citizenship before I start my ancestry visa application slog.
GRANDFATHER: British by birth, British passport + citizenship, married my grandmother (South African citizen but British by descent) in 1940. Deceased.
GRANDMOTHER: British by marriage via the pre-1949 automatic citizenship ruling, but never claimed it. Dual South African-Australian citizen. Living.
FATHER: Born in South Africa in '45. Gained British passport in 1960s; let it expire. Never resided in England for more than 1 year. Became Australian citizen and permanently resides in NZ. Living.
ME: Born in Australia mid-80s, Australian passport, permanent resident of NZ, wants to live and work in the UK. Have never lived or worked there previously.
I'm not sure if letting one's passport expire goes hand-in-hand with giving up citizenship. Here are my questions.
* If Dad renewed/gained a British passport again, would it strengthen my ancestry visa application?
* OR if Dad gained a British passport again, would I be able to automatically apply for British citizenship?
This family tree confuses Dad and I every time we look at it. When we try to ask family and friends, everyone acts as though I'm a nutbar for not just marrying my British partner. If/when I do, it's super important for me that I can marry my partner without even a whiff
of hilarious comedy-romance Greencard
: in fact, one of the reasons why I'd love to get citizenship is so that's never a pressure on the table!
In conclusion, I would be terrifically grateful to get some info on this. Thank you in advance!