Residents and those born in Dominca have several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:
- A British or UK-born mother or father
- Not having gained nationality of Dominca on Independence
- A grandparent born in the UK
- A parent or grandparent born outside of Dominca
- A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Dominica
The Independence Day arrangements on 02.11.1978 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in Dominica would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Dominica 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 Dominica residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.
STATUS OF DOMINICA
Between 1660 and 31.12.1948, Dominica fell within the British Crown Dominions.
From 01.01.1949 until 28.02.1967, it was within the UK and Colonies as a colonial territory.
From 01.03.1967 until 02.11.1978, it was within the UK and Colonies as an associated state. 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 03.11.1978 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.