Streetlamp Lucozade (orange_fell) wrote in little_details,
Streetlamp Lucozade

[ANON POST] Keeping British Overseas Territory Citizenship after Leaving

Modern Day, NZ and UK.

I have a character, Spanish, born in La Linea, in Cadiz, who has lived in Gibraltar from 10 years old to 18 and a couple of years before that, because her mother works there and I assume that crossing the borders two times per day (long queues depending on the day, some tension in the spanish side of the border some days...) is too much of a bother.

I’ve searched “losing BOTC citizen status” “losing BOTC citizenship” “losing BOTC passport” and some other variations to no avail. I’ve gathered it’s hard enough to get the citizenship on the first place, and Gibraltar must be a great place to live because people apparently doesn’t leave.

I know that for example five years of residence in the UK or a British Overseas territory gives you citizenship. One of the conditions of it (for BOTC, anyway) is that you intend to live there permanently. My character is a bit of a nomad. Since getting the passport, she’s been living on Gibraltar (for two-three years), Spain, Ireland, the States and Canada, and she’s moving to New Zeland. I don’t think it’s relevant, but she moves that much because of work (the company is not based on Gibraltar).

She can lost her Gibraltarean citizenship because she is not a permanent resident anymore, or the government doesn’t keep track of that?
Tags: spain: government, uk: government (misc), ~immigration

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