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

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

The Independence Day arrangements on 30.09.1978 gave rise to many residents gaining one of the various forms of British Nationality. Those born in Tuvalu would have held Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status. This status would have been lost if the new Tuvalu 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 Tuvalu residents, those born there or nationals, click on British Citizenship.


From 1892 until 11.01.1916, Tuvalu was a British Protectorate (as the Ellice Islands) in which the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction.

Click here for more information on the status of a British Protected Person (based on birth in a British Protectorate).

Between 12.01.1916 and 31.12.1948, it was within the British Crown Dominions as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony.

From 01.01.1949 until 30.09.1975, it was within the UK and Colonies.

From 01.10.1975 until 30.09.1978, it fell within the UK and Colonies as the separate Colony of Tuvalu.

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 01.10.1978 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.


Click here for more information about the consequences of being born in a Commonwealth country