British Nationality: Armed Forces

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd July 2020.

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Photo of Luke Evans Luke Evans Conservative, Bosworth

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to support individuals of all ages to gain British Citizenship after being born to parents serving in the UK armed forces overseas.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Under current legislation a person born overseas to a member of the UK armed forces will be a British citizen automatically if this parent is a British citizen.

A person born after 13 January 2010 to a parent who is not a British citizen but was serving in the UK armed forces has an entitlement to register as a British citizen.

In other cases, a child under the age of 18 can apply for registration at the Home Secretary’s discretion; adults would need to meet the requirements for naturalisation. The Ministry of Defence will provide the necessary support and guidance, with the tri services welfare teams and Family Federation welfare groups providing a reliable source of information for those who may be eligible for this.

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