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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.


Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

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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