British Nationality

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

  • A British or UK-born mother or father
  • Not having gained nationality of Bermuda on 01.01.1983
  • A grandparent born in the UK
  • A parent or grandparent born outside of Bermuda
  • A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Bermuda

The new UK Nationality laws that took effect on 01.01.1983 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in Bermuda would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new BOTC status was granted. 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 Bermuda residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.


Between 1684 and 31.12.1948, Bermuda fell within the British Crown Dominions.

From 01.01.1949 until 31.12.1982, 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 01.01.1983 until the present day, it was an British Dependent Territory. Click here for more information on the status of a  British Overseas Dependent Territory.