What did the 1981 Nationality Act do?

Under the Act, the term British subject was restricted to certain persons holding British nationality through connections with British India or the Republic of Ireland before 1949. Right of Abode could no longer be acquired by non-British citizens.

Does my child automatically get British citizen if born abroad?

British citizenship is normally automatically passed down one generation to children born outside the UK. For example, you might automatically become a citizen if you’re born outside the UK to a British parent. But your children will not automatically be citizens if they’re born outside the UK.

Can I get a British passport if my grandfather was British?

By acquiring British citizenship by descent, you can become a UK national even if you were born abroad. You can get your citizenship status on the basis of a parent’s or, in some cases, grandparent’s British nationality.

Can a child have 2 passports UK?

Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries. You do not need to apply for dual citizenship. You can apply for foreign citizenship and keep your British citizenship.

What can make you lose your British citizenship?

It is currently in section 40 of the British Nationality Act 1981 and can be used for two reasons….

  • national security including espionage and acts of terrorism.
  • unacceptable behaviour such as the ‘glorification’ of terrorism.
  • war crimes.
  • serious organised crime.

How long can a British citizen live in another country without coming back to the UK?

You are allowed to spend time outside of the UK so long as these periods of absence do not exceed 6 months at any one time. It does not matter how much time you spend outside of the UK in total during the required 5-year continuous residence period provided you return each time after a maximum of 6 months.