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British Citizenship

Volume 694: debated on Wednesday 18 July 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Under what circumstances, prior to 26 November 2006, it was possible to hold Nepalese nationality and British nationality simultaneously; what was the response of the Nepalese authorities when asked on 22 November 2006 whether this was possible under Nepalese laws; and what is the basis for the Government's presumption that a person who was issued with a Nepalese citizenship certificate, without having previously renounced his existing British citizenship, can hold both British and Nepalese nationality concurrently. [HL4616]

We are not in a position to comment on another country's nationality laws. Under British nationality law, a British national is able to hold other nationalities concurrently with their British nationality. When an individual provides evidence that they have been recognised as a national of another country, this does not affect their entitlement to British nationality. Therefore, if an individual holds British overseas citizen status and a Nepalese certificate of citizenship, we have to assume that the individual is a dual national until the Nepalese authorities tell us otherwise.