Citizenship (Armed Forces) Bill (HC Bill 13)




Make provision in connection with applications for naturalisation as a British
citizen made by members or former members of the armed forces.

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:—

1 Application for citizenship by member or former member of armed forces

(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) 5Paragraph 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
10thinks 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
15contains 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”
20substitute “For sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) of paragraph 2 substitute”.

2 Citation, commencement and extent

(1) This Act may be cited as the Citizenship  (Armed Forces) Act 2013.

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(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning
with the day on which it is passed.

(3) This Act extends to—

(a) England and Wales,

(b) 5Scotland,

(c) Northern Ireland,

(d) the Channel Islands,

(e) the Isle of Man, and

(f) the British overseas territories.