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British Overseas Territories Act 2002

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Birth or adoption

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1(1)Section 1 of the British Nationality Act 1981 (c. 61) (acquisition of British citizenship by birth or adoption) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) (entitlement of person born in the United Kingdom whose parent is a British citizen or settled in the United Kingdom)—

(a)after “born in the United Kingdom after commencement” insert “, or in a qualifying territory on or after the appointed day,”, and

(b)in paragraph (b), after “settled in the United Kingdom” insert “or that territory”.

(3)In subsection (2) (presumption in relation to infants found abandoned in the United Kingdom)—

(a)after the first “United Kingdom”, insert “, or on or after the appointed day is found abandoned in a qualifying territory,”,

(b)in paragraph (a), after “commencement” insert “or in that territory on or after the appointed day”, and

(c)in paragraph (b), after “United Kingdom”, insert “or that territory”.

(4)In subsection (5) (as inserted by the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999 (c. 18)) (entitlement of a person adopted pursuant to the order of a court in the United Kingdom), after “United Kingdom” insert “or, on or after the appointed day, any court in a qualifying territory”.

(5)In relation to any time after the commencement of this Schedule but before the coming into force of section 7 of the Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Act 1999, in subsection (5) (entitlement pursuant to adoption order made by court in the United Kingdom), for “he” substitute “or where on or after the appointed day such an order is made by any court in a qualifying territory, the minor”.

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