13 May 2009

UK citizenship rules to be changed for British mothers

The UK citizenship rules for the child of a British mother have proposals for change under section 4C of the British Nationality Act 1981.

Under the UK citizenship Act, currently only those persons born between 7 February 1961 and 1 January 1893 to a female UK citizen can become a UK citizen themselves using that pathway.  Further, they can only become a UK citizen if that person would have become a UK citizen if women had been able to pass on UK citizenship in the same way as men at that time.

The Home Office is now proposing that those people in this category born before 7 February 1961 can become UK citizens using this pathway. 

Parliament is currently discussing the changes to the Borders, Citizenship, and Immigration Bill, and information on the outcome of the UK citizenship debate can be sourced from the Parliament website or the Home Office website.

The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in UK visa and immigration services.

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