United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Colony birth
A British Overseas Citizenship (BOC) status arises in this rare set of circumstances:
- applicant born in a post-1948 British Colony but before its independence;
- applicant's father born in a place that was not a former British Colony at the time when the applicant's place of birth became independent; AND
- the applicant's paternal grandfather was born in another former British Colony that was still a colony when the applicant's place of birth became independent.
In addition, the applicant must have escaped the Automatic Loss provisions that were enacted upon independence of the applicant's country of birth. Finally, there are circumstances where this BOC status can be converted into full British nationality, particularly if the applicant has the Right of Abode, has spent 3 years in the UK, or does not hold nationality of their country of birth.