BVI (Virgin Islands) - Passport & Nationality - 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.