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A candidate could qualify as a British Overseas Citizen (or BOC) in the following set of circumstances:

  • They were born after 1 January 1949 but before the independence of their paternal grandfather's country of birth;
  • Their father was born in Rhodesia before 12 September 1923; AND
  • Their paternal grandfather was born in a former British Colony.

Where the candidate has the Right of Abode (a woman through their marriage to a British husband before 1983 or where they have a grandfather or paternal grandmother born in the UK), then this BOC status can be upgraded to full British Citizenship.

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Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com 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.

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