Residents and those born in the Bahamas have several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:
- A British or UK-born mother or father
- Not having gained nationality of the Bahamas on Independence
- A grandparent born in the UK
- A parent or grandparent born outside of the Bahamas
- A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than the Bahamas
The Independence Day arrangements on 10.07.1973 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in the Bahamas would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Bahamas constitution granted nationality. If not, then British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status would have been achieved and, in some cases, this can be upgraded to full British Nationality.
For these and other forms of British Nationality available to Bahamas residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.
STATUS OF THE BAHAMAS