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How can you obtain British Citizenship as you were born a British Overseas Citizen?
January 30, 2008 9:35PM
In general, you cannot be born a British Overseas Citizen, as this is a residual category of citizenship created for those former Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies who were not eligible to become either a British Citizen or a British Dependent Territories Citizen after the passage of the British Nationality Act 1983. If you were born a British Dependent Territories Citizen (now call British Overseas Territories Citizen) then you are now also a British Citizen by virtue of the British Overseas Territories Act 2002. You don't need to do anything special to have British Citizenship in this case; it is automatic. However, if you are actually a British Overseas Citizen, you can either register as a British Citizen after living in the UK for 5 years and hold Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months prior to your registration application. If you are married to a British Citizen, you can apply for naturalization after living in the UK for 3 years. Finally, through the provisions of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, a British Overseas Citizen who has no other citizenship has the right to register as a British Citizen.