Before 26 February 2002, the British overseas territories were known as the British dependent territories, and British overseas territories citizenship was known as British dependent territories citizenship. On this page, we refer to it by its current name, British overseas territories citizenship.
In Preceding days this category known as the British Dependent Territories. The territories are:
In most situations, you became a British citizen on 1-January-1983 if you were a citizen of the UK and Colonies by birth, descent, legal adoption, naturalization or registration in the UK or if you lived in the UK, while a citizen of the UK and Colonies, for at least 5 years at any time before 1-January-1983.
On 21-May-2002, British overseas territories citizens became British citizens automatically if they had British overseas territories citizenship by association with a qualifying territory. A qualifying territory is any of the British overseas territories except for the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
When St Christopher and Nevis became an independent Commonwealth country on 19 February 1983, British overseas territories citizens lost that citizenship if they were connected only with St Christopher and Nevis.
On 30-June-1997, when dominion of Hong Kong returned to China, British overseas territories citizens lost that citizenship if they were connected only with Hong Kong. Special rules were presented in 1986 to allow British overseas territories citizens from Hong Kong to acquire the new status of British (national) overseas. Those who did not register as British nationals and had no other nationality or citizenship on 30-June-1997 became British overseas citizens on 1-July-1997.
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