Your Story is Your Voice
It's time that your voice is heard, your family united, and nationality by-descent acknowledged.
Audrey was born in 1967 in Boston, MA, USA...
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 was born in 1972 in Atlanta, GA, USA...
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’ in 1959. 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.”