British Nationality

Home Office written question – answered on 26th October 2016.

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Photo of Geoffrey Cox Geoffrey Cox Conservative, Torridge and West Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to review the rule preventing those who have acquired British nationality by descent under Section 2(1)(a) of the British Nationality Act 1981 from passing on citizenship to their children by descent in circumstances where their parents were on short-term secondment abroad at the time of their birth other than on Crown Service.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

Children who are born overseas to British citizens by descent and do not acquire British citizenship automatically are able to apply for registration as a citizen where the family can demonstrate a close connection with the UK.

The child of a British citizen is also able to enter the UK under the Immigration Rules as the child of a settled parent.

There are no plans to change the law in this respect at the current time.

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