British Nationality Law Changes are Coming!

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British Nationality Law Changes are Coming!

Yes, you have read right. British Nationality law changes are coming. Breytenbachs are excited to share the news with you, as these changes will affect many people for the better.

The New Plan for Immigration Policy Statement will make significant Nationality Law changes. 

Nationality Law Changes

Below are some changes that you can anticipate within the next weeks.

  • Mothers who could previously have had Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) status could not pass on their British Citizenship to their children. Only fathers could. Children of CUKC fathers who had the right of abode in the United Kingdom became British Citizens. Children of CUKC mothers were unable to acquire the right of abode in the United Kingdom. They were, therefore, unable to acquire any form of British Citizenship. New Nationality law changes will allow mothers with CUKC status to pass on that status to the next generation. 
  • Fathers not married to the mother of a minor child, or who had illegitimate children, could not pass on their British nationality to their children. Since 1 July 2006, illegitimate children whose fathers were born in the United Kingdom had the status of British citizenship. However, there were no provisions made for fathers with British Overseas Citizenship Status. The new law changes will enable fathers with British Overseas Citizenship status to pass on this status to their children. 
  • Section 3 of the British Nationality Act currently allows you to register minor children born anywhere as British Citizens. This provision is at the discretion of the Secretary of State. The New Nationality law changes propose that there should also be a discretionary registration route for Adults.

These are only a few of the proposed changes which might come into effect soon. 

How Breytenbachs can help you

Contact Breytenbachs Immigration consultants today to find out more. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated and informed on all the new Immigration Law changes.