Nationality and Borders Act 2022
New Legislation

11 May 2022 - Update:

The UK Government published the Nationality and Borders Act 2022. The part that relates to Nationality can be found at the front of the bill. The next event to take place will be "Commencement dates." The commencement dates will vary for each clause; some will come into force before others. It is expected that all clauses to be effective before the end of the 2022 year.

Here is the link to the full bill on the government website: 

 

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2022/36/contents/enacted

28 April 2022 - Update:

The Nationality and Borders Bill successfully completed its steps through both Houses of the UK Parliament and became law. It is now known as The Nationality and Borders Act 2022. T

 

The key nationality objectives of this bill relate to the inclusion of the British Overseas Territories provisions for children born out of wedlock to BOTC fathers before 2006 and children born to BOTC mothers before 1983. It is remedying long-standing citizenship discrimination.

 

We have also helped facilitate legislation that has remedied generational nationality discrimination for the Chagossian children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of descent.

Link to the bill's progress & updateshttps://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3023 

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

Full details will follow.

06 July 2021 - Update

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 have 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 apply for British & BOT nationality registration retrospectively. This will allow us to officially be recognized for nationality purposes, thereby obtaining 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 of 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

Important Legal Notice:

British Nationality law can be very complex. We encourage any person considering applying for citizenship or immigration to seek proper legal advice from suitably qualified, experienced British Nationality Lawyers/Solicitors within the UK. Our campaign is not equipped and cannot provide legal advice.

Do not hand over any money upfront to any other person not registered as a licensed law practitioner. Any initial consultation should be free of charge. Once you have validated their credentials and are satisfied the advisor can assist you in your application(s), then agree on payment. Never pay in cash. Only pay an initial deposit by personal check or credit card. Beware of Scammers!!

 

All legal advisors for nationality and Immigration must be registered with the UK government OISC. To locate a qualified representative, use the OISC website link:

 

https://home.oisc.gov.uk/adviser_finder/finder.aspx.

 

and/or

 

The Immigration Law Practitioners Association "ILPA" website at: https://ilpa.org.uk/members-directory/.

 

The full version of the bill:

https://www.botccampaign.org/.../the-nationality-and...

Link to published bill:  https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2022/36/contents/enacted

Link to the bill's progress & updateshttps://bills.parliament.uk/bills/3023 

 

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: 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 nationality rights for the Chaggosian family members. They, too, are BOTC citizens who were displaced from their homes 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.