British Nationality

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

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

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 the British Virgin Islands 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 British Virgin Island residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.

STATUS  OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

Between 1666 and 31.12.1948, the British Virgin Islands 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 a British Dependent Territory. Click here for more information on the status of a  British Overseas Dependent Territory.

               

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

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Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com 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.