You became a British overseas citizen on 1 January 1983 if both of these applied:
- You were a citizen of the United Kingdom on 31 December 1982
- You did not become either a British citizen or a British Overseas Territories citizen on 1 January 1983
If you were a British Overseas Territories citizen only because of your connection with Hong Kong, you lost that citizenship on 30 June 1997.
However, you became a British overseas citizen if either:
- You had no other nationality and would have become stateless.
- You were born on or after 1 July 1997 and would have been born stateless if one of your parents was a British national (overseas) or British overseas citizen when you were born.
Your Rights as a British Overseas Citizen
- You can hold a British Passport.
- You can get Consular assistance from UK diplomats.
Become a British Overseas Citizen
You may be able to register as a British overseas citizen if you’re stateless (not recognised by any country as having a nationality) and both of these apply:
- you were born in the UK or an overseas territory.
- one of your parents is a British overseas citizen.
You may also be able to register if you’re stateless and all of these apply:
- you were born outside the UK and qualifying territories
- one of your parents is a British overseas citizen
- you’ve lived in the UK or an overseas territory for 3 years or more