British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Independence Upgrade

British protection, in the form of British Overseas Citizen (or BOC) status, is available in a situation where an applicant is born in a former UK Colony and their father or Paternal Grandfather was born in a place that remained a UK Colony after the independence of their child's country of birth.

Where a grandfather (on either side of the family) was born in the United Kingdom, then this BOC status can be automatically upgraded to full British Nationality.

Those with a father or Paternal Grandfather born in a British Protectorate or British Protected State may also qualify here but variations occur between the countries involved, so there is no general rule.

Candidates may later forfeit their colonial nationality where the independence arrangements for the father's territory of birth decree.

Click here for more information on the provisions of the British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status. For more information on the British Overseas (BOC) status, then watch this short video by Philip Gamble on the other forms of British Nationality available:

British Overseas Citizen (BOC)

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

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: 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.