British Nationality

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Rosena Allin-Khan Rosena Allin-Khan Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government will introduce retrospective changes to the law, to allow people who were born outside the UK before 1 January 1983 to a British parent, to inherit their parent's UK citizenship.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

A person who is of the first generation born outside the United Kingdom to a British citizen would usually be a British citizen by descent, including where they were born before 1 January 1983, with a few exceptions.

The 1981 Act also contains provision for children born outside the UK to British citizens by descent, who have retained a close connection to the UK to register as British citizens.

Since the British Nationality Act 1981 was introduced amendments have been made to allow children of unmarried British fathers and children of British mothers, who would have become British citizens had women been able to pass on their citizenship in the same way as men, to register as British citizens.

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