Automatic acquisition - BOTC: nationality policy guidance

Guidance about British overseas territories citizenship (BOTC).


Automatic acquisition: BOTC

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This guidance tells Home Office staff about BOTC.

It includes information on:

  • claims to British overseas territories citizenship
  • evidence required for a claim
  • procedures to consider a claim
Published 27 July 2017