United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Colony by Descent
A person has a potential claim to the status of British Overseas Citizen (or BOC) where their father was born in former British Colony before its independence. The solution arises where:
- the candidate was born before 1 January 1983 and before the Independence of their paternal grandfather's country of birth
- the candidate's father was born in a former British Colony before its Independence; AND
- the candidate's paternal grandfather was born in a former British Colony or British Protectorate that gained its independence after the Independence of the candidate's father's country of birth.
UPGRADING TO FULL BRITISH NATIONALITY
This BOC status could be upgraded in some circumstances where the candidate has the Right of Abode. This normally arises where:
- the candidate has a UK-born grandparent;
- the candidate is a woman and married a British man before 1983; OR
- the candidate spent at least 5 years in the UK before 1983.