St Helena Ascension Gough and Tristan da Cunha - Passport & Nationality - British Nationality
Residents and those born in the Atlantic islands of St Helena, Ascension, Gough and Tristan da Cunha have several ways in which to claim British Nationality. These are:
- A British or UK-born mother or father
- Not having gained nationality of these islands on 01.01.1983
- A grandparent born in the UK
- A parent or grandparent born outside of the islands
- A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than British Overseas Territory Citizen (BOTC).
As a general rule, those born in the islands before 01.01.1983 would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost when the islands became British Dependent Territories (now called British Overseas Territories) on 01.01.1983, and such a person would have become a British Overseas Territory Citizen. 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 these island residents, those born on the islands or those holding BOTC status, click on British Citizenship.
STATUS OF THE ATLANTIC ISLANDS (St Helena, Ascension, Gough and Tristan da Cunha)
In 1922, Ascension Island became a Dependency of St Helena. In 1938,Gough Island and Tristan da Cunha also became Dependencies of St Helena.
On 01.01.1949, all these islands came 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.
On 01.01.1983, they became classified as a British Dependent Territory. Click here for more information on the status of a British Overseas Dependent Territory.