A change to the UK’s visa regulations will open the door to people born overseas to British-born mothers before 1983, who, until now, were unable to register as British citizens.

These people would likely otherwise have been eligible for an ancestry visa, but switching that into citizenship can be a long and complex process.

“This would be of particular interest to people in the UK who may have decided to enter as ancestry visa holders as they were not eligible for registration,” said David O’Dea, immigration adviser at smoothmigration.com.

“This would mean that they could potentially take as much as six years off the time needed to qualify for citizenship.”



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