United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Citizenship and Basutoland
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A birth in pre-independence Basutoland gave the status of Citizen of the UK & Colonies (or CUKC), as did descent from a father born in Basutoland. Upon independence, this CUKC status was either retained or lost depending on the circumstances of each person. The rules as to whether a person became a citizen of Lesotho or not were determined by the Independence Day arrangements and the new Constitution.
We have found several British nationality solutions that arise from a family birth in Basutoland:
We have found several British Overseas Citizen (or BOC) solutions that arise from a family birth in Basutoland:
The following solutions are particularly relevant to children: