The Advocate General of Scotland (appellant) against Rome (defendant) (Scotland). He gave as a resolution that any person born between 1949 and 1983, in states outside the British Commonwealth, but having a maternal grandfather born in the United Kingdom may register as a British citizen. Obtaining a passport, without having to reside in the United Kingdom.
This ruling creates jurisprudence, will allow anyone who meets the necessary conditions listed below, to access British citizenship.
- Born outside the United Kingdom between January 1, 1949 and December 31, 1982, in a country that does not belong to the Commonwealth.
- His maternal grandfather was born in the United Kingdom.
- His mother was born within marriage.
- The maternal grandfather as long as he maintains the British nationality before the birth of the mother, and that the mother has not lost the British nationality before the birth of the applicant.
In cases where up to now applicants with a maternal grandfather could travel to the United Kingdom and work with a Visitor Visa, which led to permanent residence after 5 years living and working in the United Kingdom and British citizenship 12 months after that.