BRITISH OVERSEAS CITIZEN
What is a BOC? Although almost the same as a standard UK citizen, this type comes with minor differences; one can apply for the British passport and receive assistance and protection from any UK diplomatic posts but does not have the right to work or live in the UK. A citizen with BOC is not considered a UK national by the European Union.
ACT AND REGULATIONS
- The British Nationality Act 1981
- The British Overseas Territories Act 2002
Stateless people are able to register if that person:
- Was born outside the UK and qualifying overseas territories,
- At least one (1) of your parents is a BOC (British overseas citizen),
- Have lived in the UK or overseas territory for at least three (3) years.
Automatic citizenship on January 1st 1983 for the following cases:
- The applicant was a citizen of the UK and its colonies on December 31st, 1982,
- You have not become a British citizen nor BOC.
Citizens by virtue of solitary ties to Hong Kong lost their citizenship on July 1st, 1997 unless:
- The individual has no other nationality or would have become stateless,
- If you were born after July 1st, 1997 and would have been stateless
- If one (1) of your parents was a BOC or simple British national when you were born.
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