The New Legislation

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After a campaign of over seven years, on 6 July 2021, the United Kingdom Government, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in conjunction with Home Secretary Priti Patel, has listened and acted by introducing legislation to UK Parliament to address and remedy the anomalies in British nationality law that has placed us, the children (now adults) of British Overseas Territories parents, born abroad, some out of wedlock, at a clear disadvantage. 

 

Once the legislation is finalized, hopefully by the year end of 2021, it will place us on equal footing with UK mainland British children (now adults) and allow us to retrospectively apply for British & BOT nationality registration. This will allow us to officially be recognized for nationality purposes, thereby allowing us to obtain British & British Overseas Territories nationality, citizenship & passports. We have finally been allowed to "come home" and feel like we officially belong. The whole purpose of our campaign is about uniting families.

Key points to remember:

 

  • We have every right to have our father's and mother's British citizenship by descent

  • Our campaign is all about “Reuniting Families"

  • No illegitimate child should ever be made to be less-than and cast-out

  • We recognize there is still much work to be done for other children Chaggosian descent

  • For us, at the end of the day, 'British Fair Play’ came through

  • We all have a right to live in a fairer and equal world

*Legal Disclaimer: British Nationality law can be very complex, and we encourage any person considering making an application for citizenship or immigration to seek proper legal advice from suitably qualified experienced British Nationality Lawyers/Solicitors. Our campaign is not equipped to provide legal advice. 

Link to Bill Progress & Updateshttps://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3023 

 

Link to First Draft: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-02/0141/210141.pdf

Link to Explanatory Notes: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-02/0141/en/210141en.pdf 

For the history and background of our campaign please go to https://www.botccampaign.org/about 

 

We post regular updates under the 'News & Blog' tab. https://www.botccampaign.org/blog-news

 

While we have been successful in our campaign, we recognize there is still much work to be done for the nationality rights by descent of Chaggosian family members. They too are BOTC citizens who were displaced from their home in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. We hope our legislation will open doors for a resolution to their needs. 

 

For more information on their campaign, please go to:

 

https://www.chagossupport.org.uk/ 

 

https://www.facebook.com/chagossianvoices

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Legal Disclaimer: British Nationality law can be very complex, and we encourage any person considering making an application for citizenship or immigration to seek proper legal advice from suitably qualified experienced British Nationality Lawyers/Solicitors. Our campaign is not equipped to provide legal advice.