United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Nyasaland PGF
Listen to our BRITISH NATIONALITY WEBINAR on Malawi where our two British nationality experts - Philip Gamble and Mishal Patel - discuss a family birth in Nyasaland and its implications for claims to British nationality in the modern day.
British Overseas Citizenship (commonly referred to as a BOC) is a residual status derived from a connection with a former British Territory. This particular BOC solution arises in the following set of circumstances:
- Candidate was born in Nyasaland before independence on 6 July 1964;
- Candidate's father was born in a Section 1(3) Commonwealth country (including South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and India)
- Candidate's mother was born in Nyasaland; AND
- Candidate's paternal grandfather was born in a former British Protectorate that was not yet independent as of 5 July 1964.
It is possible, in some circumstances, to UPGRADE the BOC status to full British Citizenship, but this would require specialist advice.