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1Applications for citizenship by members or former members of armed forcesU.K.

(1)Schedule 1 to the British Nationality Act 1981 (requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen under section 6(1) of that Act) is amended in accordance with subsections (2) and (3).

(2)Paragraph 2 becomes sub-paragraph (1) of that paragraph.

(3)After that sub-paragraph insert—

(2)Sub-paragraph (3) applies in a case where, on the date of the application, the applicant is or has been a member of the armed forces.

(3)If in the special circumstances of the particular case the Secretary of State thinks fit, he may for the purposes of paragraph 1 treat the applicant as fulfilling the requirement specified in paragraph 1(2)(a) although the applicant was not in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the period there mentioned.

(4)In section 39 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 (which contains further amendments of paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the British Nationality Act 1981)—

(a)in subsection (4) for the words from the beginning to “paragraph)” substitute “ In sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 2 of that Schedule ”;

(b)in subsection (9) for the words “After that sub-paragraph insert” substitute “ For sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) of paragraph 2 substitute ”.