United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Kenya PGF
British Overseas Citizenship (commonly referred to as a BOC) is a residual status derived from a connection with a former British Territory (most often a former British colony). It can arrise in a rare set of circumstances where the applicant does not become a Kenyan citizen automatically upon independence on 13 December 1963. This can arise where
- the applicant was born in the Kenya Colony before its independence on 12 December 1963;
- the paternal grandfather was born in another former British colony that only became independent AFTER Kenya's independence on 12 December 1963. This is an extensive list of British colonies, but former territories from the region include the Aden Colony, Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos).
The Kenyan nationality laws complicated matters as dual nationality was prohibited. In many instances, a resident in Kenya was forced to renounce their British status in favour of Kenyan citizenship to comply with the law in order to remain in Kenya legally. There are circumstances where it is possible to resume British nationality, but this will require specialist advice.
Also, it is possible, in some circumstances, to UPGRADE the BOC status to full British Citizenship, even if another nationality is held, but this would again require specialist advice.