British Overseas Citizen (BOC)

The BOC status is a legacy status from British colonial days, though the status is still valid today and BOC passports can still be issued. The British Overseas Citizenship (BOC) status can be upgraded to full British Nationality status, but this relies on a case-by-case analysis and is considered a Non-Standard claim to British nationality.

Philip Gamble & Partners are a UK Immigration and British Nationality firm specialising in complex British Nationality applications, including those who hold the BOC citizenship. 

How do I find out if I can upgrade my BOC status?

We suggest following these three steps, designed to simplify the complex laws of British nationality and to avoid unnecessary and expensive application fees, to find your answer:

Step 1: Complete our free Nationality Assessment
Step 3: Order a free British Passport Review
Step 4: Conduct a Status Trace

Complete our Nationality Assessment

To find out whether you can claim British Nationality with your existing BOC passport, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE online passport assessment.

British Nationality Assessment

A British Overseas Citizen (BOC) is based on birth in a British Territory where nationality of that territory has not been granted. In most cases, this is caused by the Independence Day arrangements as to how nationality was granted to the residents of the newly-Independent country. 
The BOC status is one of the three forms of British protection offered to former British Subjects, the other two being British Protected Person (BPP) and British National Overseas (BNO). It is possible - in certain circumstances - to upgrade this status to full British Nationality.
For more information on the British Overseas (BOC) status, then watch this short video by Philip Gamble on the other forms of British Nationality available:

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