Your Story is Your Voice
It's time that your voice is heard, your family united, and nationality by-descent acknowledged. 
Audrey's Story - Anguilla

Audrey was born in 1967 in Boston MA, USA. Audrey’s father was born in 1946 in the British colony now overseas territory called Anguilla. Her grandparents on her father’s side were born also born in Anguilla. Audrey’s mother was born in France but lived her later years in Canada where she met her father. Audrey’s father never married her mother. When Audrey looked into getting her father British Overseas Territories citizenship, she was told that her application would not be accepted because her father never married her mother. Audrey’s father is now deceased. She feels disappointed that her father’s homeland island and mother country rejects her making her feel like an outcast.

 

She said:

 

”It’s bad enough having to deal with the stigma of being

born out of wedlock, but then to be told you are not valid hurts me to the core.”

Joseph's Story - British Virgin Islands

Joseph was born in 1972 in Atlanta, GA, USA. His mother was defined as a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies ‘CUKC’ being born in the British Virgin Islands ‘BVI’. She comes from a long line of descendants who were born and lived in the BVI. His father was from Puerto Rico. At the time, his parents did not marry for very good reasons. In fact, they did not marry. When Joseph wanted to identify as British and decided to try and claim his mother’s British citizenship by descent, his application was turned down. He was told that children born abroad to CUKC mothers before 1983 are viewed as ineligible for British citizenship and his application was rejected.  He feels deprived.

 

He said: 

 

“I am my British mother’s flesh & blood, to be shown the door by officials when I was trying to just embrace my heritage hurts deep.”

Rogers' Story - Anguilla

Rogers was born in Anguilla in 1988. Her mother was born in St. Kitts in 1968, and naturalized in Anguilla in 2005, based on her residency. Her father was born in Anguilla in 1966 and holds a British Overseas Territories passport. In 2002, after the British Overseas Territories Act was introduced, he automatically becomes a British citizen. Sadly, he passed away in 2019. Her grandparents were also born in Anguilla. So her connections with being Anguillan & British are strong. After applying for a British passport, Rogers was informed that due to the fact she was born outside of marriage, and her parents never married, she is not eligible for BOTC or British passports. 

Rogers' said:

“I don’t understand why the UK & Anguilla government officials cannot see me as a valid citizen. Denying me just because my father did not marry my mother is so very wrong and out of date with the modern way of life. I have a right to belong and be recognized.”

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