I was born in the Republic. (1978)
My father was born in Eire (1946 - the official name of the entire island till 1949 was Eire)
My grandfather was born in Ireland (1917 - there was still no north/south divide)
No worries - it's a complicated historical mess!!
I have never been permanently resident in the UK. I am looking for a UK passport through descent - primarily for the benefits of travel through out SE Asia - to enjoy almost the same ease of travel we have in Europe, regardless of the EU-ness of an Irish passport.
This is not always afforded to the holders of Irish passports, for pretty much the same reasons outlined in sentence one above...
My father didn't gain his British status by descent - it was through his birth in Eire/Ireland in 1946 when it was was still a dominion of the Empire, prior to the 1948 British Nationality Act.
As it was otherwise than by descent he was, and still does remain a British Subject.
I was born in 1978, legitimately, prior to the 1981 British Nationality Act, so does his British Subject status confer directly onto me, by descent - because I was born before the new laws of the 1981 Act limiting the transmission of such status, to heirs born post January 1, 1983?
Sorry to keep pushing, but I'm getting conflicting answers online regarding my original question.
To clarify, I'm not seeking British citizenship - my Irish citizenship confers on me much the same freedom of movement and work in and around Europe, and the UK.
But as I'm sure you're aware, the UK issues many different types of passports to citizens/subjects of former colonies,
Ireland included - without conferring any particular right of abode, or citizenship - by the granting of such passports.
That being said, having a British Subject passport in Asia, even one without a UK right of abode, is a lot more beneficial than one from most other EU states - particularly Ireland, in terms of visa requirements.
So, ipso facto, my father being a British Subject in 1978, 'otherwise than by descent', at the time of my birth - does that status not transfer directly unto me, as his direct descendent born prior to the 1981 Act, thus, making me eligible for a British Subject passport?
Thanks for your patience!
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