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)