Residents and those born in Barbados have several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:

  • A British or UK-born mother or father
  • Not having gained nationality of Barbados on Independence
  • A grandparent born in the UK
  • A parent or grandparent born outside of Barbados
  • A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Barbados

The Independence Day arrangements on 30.11.1966 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in Barbados would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Barbados 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 Barbados residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.


Between 1660 and 31.12.1948, Barbados fell within the British Crown Dominions.

From 01.01.1949 until 29.11.1966, it was within the UK and Colonies. Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.

From 30.11.1966 until the present day, it was an independent Commonwealth country. Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country.

Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.