United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Pre 1949 12-3
This rare set of circumstances qualifies a person for the British Overseas Citizen (BOC) status. It arises where:
- the applicant was born before 1949;
- in a place that was a British Protectorate, British Protected State, Mandated or Trust Territory; AND
- to a parent who was born in a place that was within the Crowns Dominions.
It is essential that the applicant and their parent did not suffer from the Automatic Loss provisions that were enacted upon independence of the territory, so each situation must be assessed separately. It is also possible for this BOC status to be upgraded to full British citizenship. While there are several others, the most common situations cover:
1) a grandparent was born in the United Kingdom;
2) the applicant is a woman with a Commonwealth citizenship who was married to a British husband before 1983; OR
3) the applicant holds no other nationality.