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British Citizenship

Volume 670: debated on Thursday 3 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether a child would be a British overseas citizen by virtue of Article 6(2) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 in either of the following circumstances:

  • (a) he is born outside the United Kingdom and outside Indonesia after 1 January 2005,
  • (b) at the time of his birth, the father is solely a British overseas citizen (by virtue of Article 6(1) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986), and the mother is solely a citizen of Indonesia, and
  • (c) he has not acquired the citizenship of any third country (including the country of birth);
  • or

  • (a) he is born outside the United Kingdom and outside Pakistan after 1 January 2005,
  • (b) at the time of his birth, the father is solely a British national (overseas) and the mother is solely a citizen of Pakistan by birth,
  • (c) the birth has not been registered at a Pakistani Consulate or High Commission, and
  • (d) he has not acquired the citizenship of any third country (including the country of birth). [HL1393]
  • In these examples, and assuming the parents were married at the time of the birth, the child would acquire British overseas citizenship under Article 6(2) provided confirmation were obtained from relevant authorities that he or she had not acquired any other citizenship at birth, either through a parent or through the place of birth.