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Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002

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1The following shall be substituted for section 42 of the British Nationality Act 1981 (c. 61) (registration and naturalisation: fee and oath)—

42 Registration and naturalisation: citizenship ceremony, oath and pledge

(1)A person of full age shall not be registered under this Act as a British citizen unless he has made the relevant citizenship oath and pledge specified in Schedule 5 at a citizenship ceremony.

(2)A certificate of naturalisation as a British citizen shall not be granted under this Act to a person of full age unless he has made the relevant citizenship oath and pledge specified in Schedule 5 at a citizenship ceremony.

(3)A person of full age shall not be registered under this Act as a British overseas territories citizen unless he has made the relevant citizenship oath and pledge specified in Schedule 5.

(4)A certificate of naturalisation as a British overseas territories citizen shall not be granted under this Act to a person of full age unless he has made the relevant citizenship oath and pledge specified in Schedule 5.

(5)A person of full age shall not be registered under this Act as a British Overseas citizen or a British subject unless he has made the relevant citizenship oath specified in Schedule 5.

(6)Where the Secretary of State thinks it appropriate because of the special circumstances of a case he may—

(a)disapply any of subsections (1) to (5), or

(b)modify the effect of any of those subsections.

(7)Sections 5 and 6 of the Oaths Act 1978 (c. 19) (affirmation) apply to a citizenship oath; and a reference in this Act to a citizenship oath includes a reference to a citizenship affirmation.

42A Registration and naturalisation: fee

(1)A person shall not be registered under a provision of this Act as a citizen of any description or as a British subject unless any fee payable by virtue of this Act in connection with the registration has been paid.

(2)A certificate of naturalisation shall not be granted to a person under a provision of this Act unless any fee payable by virtue of this Act in connection with the grant of the certificate has been paid.

42B Registration and naturalisation: timing

(1)A person who is registered under this Act as a citizen of any description or as a British subject shall be treated as having become a citizen or subject—

(a)immediately on making the required citizenship oath and pledge in accordance with section 42, or

(b)where the requirement for an oath and pledge is disapplied, immediately on registration.

(2)A person granted a certificate of naturalisation under this Act as a citizen of any description shall be treated as having become a citizen—

(a)immediately on making the required citizenship oath and pledge in accordance with section 42, or

(b)where the requirement for an oath and pledge is disapplied, immediately on the grant of the certificate.

(3)In the application of subsection (1) to registration as a British Overseas citizen or as a British subject the reference to the citizenship oath and pledge shall be taken as a reference to the citizenship oath.

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