Trinidad and Tobago

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

  • A British or UK-born mother or father
  • Not having gained nationality of Trinidad & Tobago on Independence Day
  • A grandparent born in the UK
  • A parent or grandparent born outside of Trinidad & Tobago
  • A parent or grandparent holding a nationality other than Trinidad & Tobago

The Independence Day arrangements on 30.08.1962 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in Trinidad & Tobago would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Trinidad & Tobago 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 Trinidad & Tobago residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.


From 1814 to 31.12.188, Tobago fell within the British Crown Dominions (as a Colony from 1877).

Between 1802 and 31.12.1888, Trinidad fell within the British Crown Dominions as a Colony.

From 01.01.1889 until 31.12.1948, Trinidad & Tobago fell within the Crown’s Dominions as a Colony.

From 01.01.1949 until 30.08.1962, 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 31.08.1962 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.


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

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: 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. is a subsidiary of Sable International.

Sable International offers a range of services relating to UK and Australian immigration. For over 20 years, we have been helping people with their UK and Australian visa applications. We assist with applications for Ancestry visas, spouse visas, work visas, Tier 1 visas, UK working holiday visas, UK dependant visas, Tier 4 visas, UK Visitor visas, sponsorship visas or UK permanent residency or indefinite leave to remain. We also specialise in UK visa extensions. If you’ve overstayed your visa, our Overstayer Status Trace service can assist to regularise your visa status.