British overseas citizens

British overseas citizens

those persons who are citizens of the UK and its colonies who are not either BRITISH CITIZENS or former British Dependent Territories' citizens. This category encompasses those who did not, when the colony in which they lived became independent, acquire the citizenship of that new country but retained their citizenship of the UK and colonies; they are not citizens of the country in which they live, but yet they have no right to enter and stay in the UK. After five years they have the right to apply for British Citizenship.
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Applications from British overseas citizens, British protected persons and British subjects are exempted from this test.
A Midland woman may pave the way for thousands of British overseas citizens to claim a right to live in Britain, after winning the right to launch a European Court test case.
Constitutionally it is a very big case to a large number of people, such as those living in Hong Kong who are British overseas citizens but at present cannot exercise any rights to live and work within the EU or within the UK," he said.
Mr Lyall defended claims that the case would open the "flood gates" for British overseas citizens, saying that it would merely give them the choice to travel within the EU.
Yau Sui-chun, who will turn 62 this month, was the last of the 54,178 Hong Kong residents to file for status Sunday as British overseas citizens by the formal midnight deadline.

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