British Overseas citizenship (BOC)

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British Overseas citizenship is a class of British nationality associated with former British possessions outside the United Kingdom.

British Overseas citizenship is a creation of statute and the core provision for it is found in Part III of the British Nationality Act 1981. It does not carry the right of abode in the United Kingdom.

It describes a legal attachment or bond for persons considered by the UK to be British nationals, albeit that they may not live and work in the UK free of immigration controls by virtue of that status.

British Overseas  citizens are not considered to be UK nationals for the purposes of EU law and such persons do not hold the additional status of EU citizen.

British Overseas citizenship limited  modes of acquisition. Generally speaking it does not transmit (automatically or on application for naturalisation or registration) by birth in a territory or by descent, although there are exceptions made in respect of persons otherwise Stateless and in respect of minor children. There is no provision for naturalisation as a British Overseas citizen.

British Overseas citizenship also has modes of loss. For example it may be renounced, or it may lost through deprivation of citizenship on grounds of fraud or conduct.

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