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If a woman holds the British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status, and is (or was) married to a man who meets the criteria below, then this woman will have become British. The criteria are:

  • the marriage took place before 01.01.1983; AND
  • the husband had the Right of Abode before 01.01.1983

The husband's Right of Abode in the United Kingdom could have been achieved by any one of the following ways:

  • birth in the UK;
  • British by Descent on the male side (i.e. the husbands father was British and born in the UK)
  • a mother born in the UK, as long as this husband was a Commonwealth citizen as at 01.01.1949;
  • resident in the UK for 5 years
  • holds UK & Colonies Nationality as long as a grandparent was born in the UK.

Click here for more information on the British Overseas (BOC) status.

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Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.

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