British Nationality Act 1965

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1965 c. 34


British Nationality Act 1965

1965 CHAPTER 34

An Act to provide for the acquisition of the status of British subject by alien women who have been married to persons being British subjects without citizenship by virtue of section 13 or 16 of the British Nationality Act 1948 or British subjects by virtue of section 2 of that Act, and for purposes connected with the matter aforesaid.

[5th August 1965]

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

S-1 Registration as British subjects of alien women who have been married to persons being British subjects without citizenship by virtue of section 13 or 16 of principal Act or British subjects by virtue of section 2 thereof.

1 Registration as British subjects of alien women who have been married to persons being British subjects without citizenship by virtue of section 13 or 16 of principal Act or British subjects by virtue of section 2 thereof.

(1) A woman shall be entitled, subject to the provisions of this section, on making application to the Secretary of State in the prescribed manner, to be registered as a British subject by virtue of this section if she satisfies the Secretary of State that she is an alien and has been married to a person who, at the date of the application, is, or, but for his death, would be—

(a ) a British subject without citizenship by virtue of section 13 of the principal Act (which provides for a British subject whose citizenship was, at the commencement of the principal Act, potentially that of a country mentioned in section 1(3) of that Act, but had not then been ascertained, to remain a British subject without citizenship during a transitional period); or

(b ) a British subject without citizenship by virtue of section 16 of the principal Act (which enables a person who, before the coming into force of the principal Act, ceased, on the loss of British nationality by a parent, to be a British subject, and would otherwise have been a British subject without citizenship under the said section 13, to become a British subject without citizenship and for that section to apply to him); or

(c ) a British subject by virtue only of section 2(1) of the principal Act (which provides that a citizen of the country that is now known as the Republic of Ireland and is therein referred to as Eire who was, immediately before the commencement of the principal Act, also a British subject, shall remain a British subject if a notice is given claiming that he should so remain),

and a person registered as a British subject by virtue of this section shall be a British subject by virtue of this section as from the date on which she is so registered.

(2) A person shall not be entitled to be registered as a British subject by virtue of this section except on her taking an oath of allegiance in the form specified in Schedule 1 to the principal Act.

(3) If, by any enactment for the time being in force in any country mentioned in section 1(3) of the principal Act, provision corresponding to subsection (1) above, or to so much thereof as has effect by virtue of any one or two of paragraphs (a ), (b ) and (c ) thereof, is made for enabling a woman who is an alien to become a British subject, a woman who by virtue of that enactment is a British subject shall, so long as she remains a British subject by virtue thereof, be deemed also to be a British subject by virtue of this section.

(4) A woman who, under the principal...

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