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British Citizenship

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 26 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the requirements are for (a) Commonwealth and (b) other foreign nationals serving in the armed forces to qualify to apply for British citizenship. (79106)

The requirements for foreign Commonwealth nationals applying for British citizenship, who are also serving members of the armed forces, are the same as for any other foreign national applying for citizenship. They must make a successful application for naturalisation under sections 6(1) or 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. The statutory requirements for naturalisation are set out in that Act and are summarised in the guide for applicants that accompanies application forms. Policy and procedures for handling applications is available for viewing on the IND website: