BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES CITIZENSHIP & NATIONALITY CAMPAIGN
We are campaigning to pressure the respective Governments of the United Kingdom. Its fourteen British overseas territories, (specifically the Caribbean located: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos Islands.) in providing equal & equitable recognition for citizenship & nationality rights for children, (now adults,) born abroad, illegitimately (where the British overseas territories born father did not marry the child's mother), before 1st July 2006. We are asking for a retrospective route to registering our births for nationality purposes.
Despite it being the 21st century, the British Nationality Act 1981 ("BNA") still refuses to recognize the validity of British overseas territories' father's [the paternal line] when it comes to passing down his British overseas territories citizenship by descent to his child. The same discrimination does not apply to British overseas territories mothers' [the maternal line] and her children born outside of marriage. After 1st July 2006, nationality discrimination also does not apply to either parent. The U.K. Government change the meaning of "parent" and, in our case, excluded fathers.
We understand consultation between the respective U.K. government department called "the Home Office" and local governments of the British overseas territories governments' has now taken place. And the view is supportive of a change to amend the British nationality act further to include our children of descent retrospectively. We also understand that informal engagement is taking place with the key stakeholders in British nationality law. These include the Law Society, the Immigration Law Practitioners Association, Adrian Berry, Alison Harvey, and Lauri Fransman QC, etc. We have requested that our organization and other stakeholders in the British overseas territories be involved in that engagement. We are waiting to hear back from our House of Lords advocate, Baroness Ruth Lister, as what the next steps are going to be from the Home Office. It should be noted: The Home Office policy stakeholder teams have yet to engage us in the discussion. We are unclear how much energy lays behind their desire to bring forth legislation and change?
For further updates, please read out BLOG postings below. If you have any questions, we can be reached via email at or by telephone: +44 (0) 20 3286 6868 (UK) or +1 (917) 657-2374 (OT'S & USA).
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