United Kingdom - Passport & Nationality - British Overseas Citizen (BOC) - Pre 1949 Birth Territory
This solution (as a British Overseas Citizen, commonly referred to as a BOC) is based on a complicated set of circumstances.
It relies on a birth in a territory where the applicant became both a British Protected Person (or BPP) and British Subject at birth. When the new British Nationality Act came into force in 1949, the applicant was reclassified as a Citizen of the UK & Colonies and as a British Overseas Citizen on 1 January 1983.
The criteria of this soltion are:
- Candidate born before 1 January 1949;
- Candidate born in a territory where they were a BPP at Birth (a former British Protectorate, Protected State, UK Mandated or Trust Territory, or a foreign country where the British Crown exercised Extra Territorial Jurisdiction);
- Candidate's father born outside of a country that became a Commonwealth country on 1 January 1949; AND
- Candidate's paternal grandfather born in a former British Crown Dominion.
Where the candidate has the Right of Abode, then this BOC status could be upgraded to full British nationality. The Right of Abode is normally gained:
- from a UK-born grandparent; OR
- where a woman married a British husband before 1 January 1983.