Trinidad and Tobago
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.
STATUS OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
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.