There are lots of different sorts of British citizenship and along with this there are several sorts of British passports as well. In this chapter we will say a few words about passport renewal for expats and about all the different sorts of passports.
Let’s take a look at the types of British citizenships and some of the basic rights that come with it
British Overseas Territories Citizen: Formerly called British dependent territories citizenship (up until 2002 February) applies to those who are citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) on 31 Dec 1982. When you or your parents were born in a British overseas territory, this citizenship also applies to those women who were married to a man on the date of 1 January 1983. To those born after 1st January 1983 they are overseas territories citizen if they were born in any of the British Territories after the predefined date of it they were adopted by a British territories citizen. This also applies to children of British Territories Citizens who were born outside of a British overseas territory. Although overseas citizens do have the right to hold a British passport they are still subject to British immigration controls. This applies for those who are not considered a UK national by the EU.
British overseas citizen: this applies to those who were citizen of the CUKC on 31 December 1982 If someone was a British Overseas Citizen because of their connection or living in Hong Kong and had different or dual citizenship before, it means they automatically lost their citizenship from 30 June 1997 when Hong Kong was taken back by China. For those who would lose all their nationality due to this situation they become a British Overseas citizen. British overseas citizen can hold a British passport yet are still subject to immigration control.
British subject: This especially applied to all those who were citizens of the Commonwealth countries until January 1983 nowadays this type of citizenship is only rarely used. It especially applies for those who were citizens of the Republic of Ireland in 1948 31 December and wanted to remain a British subject instead of becoming an Irish citizen. British subjects can hold a British passport but remain subject to immigration controls.
British national (overseas)
Especially applies for those living in the British colonial territories, especially Hong Kong and who was a British overseas citizen before 1st July 1997 when Hong Kong’s governance was assigned back to China. This is a natural status and cannot be obtained any longer. These nationals do hold a British Passport but are subject to immigration controls.
British Protected person
Counting from 1 January 1983 applying for those were citizen of Brunei or in other former British colonies which are not colonies any longer. This citizenship cannot be gained if you are already a legal citizen of another country. British Protected Person can have a British passport but are subject to immigration controls.