BOTC and the right to work in the UK

| 25/09/2016

Does a British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC) have permission to work in the UK?

Auntie’s answer: No, you need a British passport to be allowed to work in the UK (and other countries in the European Union until Britain actually exits the EU). If you are a BOTC you can apply to get that passport.

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A BOTC who doesn’t have a British passport remains subject to UK immigration controls and doesn’t have the automatic right to live or work in the UK. There are also different paths to qualifying for a British passport. For more information on how to apply for that passport, here is the link to the UK government website.

If you are Caymanian or a citizen of one of the other British territories, you can apply for a British passport by virtue of being a BOTC, but you’ll need to have a BOTC passport before you can do that.

If you are entitled to a BOTC passport but don’t yet have one, you can find out more about applying for one at the Passport & Corporate Services Office page on the Department of Immigration website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope this now means arrogant idiots will finally stop insisting that Caymanians have the right to live and work in other countries, including the UK!

    • Anonymous says:

      Um Caymanians do have the right to live and work in the UK and the EU (at the moment) once they get their UK passport to which they are entitled to.

      • Anonymous says:

        Caymanians in fact have no entitlement to UK passports. Only BOTC’s are even qualified to apply, and many Caymanians are not BOTC’s. Even where a Caymanian is a BOTC the registration process is subject to discretion and some BOTC’s have been denied British Passports.

        • Anonymous says:

          I was born in Grand Cayman. Recently, I was issued a UK Passport and the only thing you have to do is get a ESTA, which covers the passport for 12 entries. The ESTA does not cost you.

        • Jamie Thompson says:

          Clearly you know nothing because Caymanians are BOTC and we are entitled to get a british passport do your research please.