Citation, commencement and interpretation

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(1)    These Regulations may be cited as the British Nationality (General and Hong Kong) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 and shall come into force on 3rd December 2007.

(2)    In these Regulations “the 2003 Regulations” means the British Nationality (General) Regulations 2003.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 3 December 2007: see para (1) above.

Amendment of the British Nationality (General) Regulations 2003

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Amendment of the British Nationality (General) Regulations 20032

In regulation 2(2) of the 2003 Regulations (interpretation) omit “or Schedule 4”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 3 December 2007: see reg 1(1).

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For regulation 7 of the 2003 Regulations (certificates of naturalisation) substitute—

“Certificates of naturalisation

A certificate of naturalisation shall include the following information relating to the person to whom the certificate is being granted—

(a)    full name;

(b)    date of birth; and

(c)    place and country of birth."

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 3 December 2007: see reg 1(1).

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(1)    Schedule 2 to the 2003 Regulations (particular requirements as respects applications) is amended as follows.

(2)    In paragraphs 1, 2 and 12 (applications under sections 1(3), 1(4) and 5 of the Act)—

(a)    after “showing” insert “(a)”; and

(b)    at the end insert—

“; and

(b)    where the applicant is aged 10 or over, that he is of good character.”.

(3)    In paragraphs 6 and 11 (applications under sections 3(5) and 4C of the Act) at the end insert—

“; and

(d)    where the applicant is aged 10 or over, that he is of good character.”.

(4)    In paragraphs 7(1), 8(1) and 9 (applications under sections 4(2), 4(5) and 4A of the Act), at the end insert—

“; and

(c)    where the applicant is aged 10 or over, that he is of good character.”.

(5)    In paragraph 13 (application under section 6(1) of the Act) at the end insert—

“(3)    If the applicant is not of full capacity and it is desired that the requirement of full capacity be waived in accordance with section 44A of the Act (waiver of requirement for full capacity), the application shall specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived in his case.”.

(6)    In paragraph 14 (application under section 6(2) of the Act) at the end insert—

“(4)    If the applicant is not of full capacity and it is desired that the requirement of full capacity be waived in accordance with section 44A of the Act (waiver of requirement for full capacity), the application shall specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived in his case.”.

(7)    In paragraph 15 (application under section 10(1) of the Act) at the end insert—

“; and

(f)    where the applicant is aged 10 or over, that he is of good character.”.

(8)    In paragraph 16 (application under section 10(2) of the Act)—

(a)    the provisions of the paragraph shall become sub-paragraph (1) of that paragraph;

(b)    at the end insert—

“; and

(d)    where the applicant is aged 10 or over, that he is of good character.”; and

(c)    after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

“(2)    If the applicant is not of full capacity and it is desired that the requirement of full capacity be waived in accordance with section 44A of the Act (waiver of requirement for full capacity), the application shall specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived in his case.”.

(9)    In paragraph 17 (application under section 13(1) of the Act)—

(a)    the provisions of the paragraph shall become sub-paragraph (1) of that paragraph;

(b)    at the end insert—

“; and

(f)    where the applicant is aged 10 or over, that he is of good character.”; and

(c)    after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

“(2)    If the applicant is not of full capacity and it is desired that the requirement of full capacity be waived in accordance with section 44A of the Act (waiver of requirement for full capacity), the application shall specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived in his case.”.

(10)    In paragraph 18 (application under section 13(3) of the Act)—

(a)    the provisions of the paragraph shall become sub-paragraph (1) of that paragraph;

(b)    at the end insert—

“; and

(c)    where the applicant is aged 10 or over, that he is of good character.”; and

(c)    after sub-paragraph (1) insert—

“(2)    If the applicant is not of full capacity and it is desired that the requirement of full capacity be waived in accordance with section 44A of the Act (waiver of requirement for full capacity), the application shall specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived in his case.”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 3 December 2007: see reg 1(1).

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Schedule 4 to the 2003 Regulations (form of certificate of naturalisation as a British citizen) is omitted.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 3 December 2007: see reg 1(1).

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In Schedule 5 to the 2003 Regulations (requirements as respects declarations of renunciation) after paragraph 2 insert—

“2A

If the declarant is not of full capacity and it is desired that the requirement of full capacity be waived in accordance with section 44A of the Act (waiver of requirement for full capacity), the declaration shall specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived in his case.”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 3 December 2007: see reg 1(1).

Amendment of the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Regulations 1986

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Amendment of the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Regulations 19867

In Schedule 2 to the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Regulations 1986 (requirements as respects declarations of renunciation), after paragraph 2 insert—

“2A

If the declarant is not of full capacity and it is desired that the requirement of full capacity be waived in accordance with section 44A of the Act (waiver of requirement for full capacity), the declaration shall specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived in his case.”.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 3 December 2007: see reg 1(1).

Signature

Liam Byrne

Minister of State

Home Office

26th October 2007

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Regulations)

These Regulations amend regulations 2 and 7 of, and Schedules 2, 4 and 5 to, the British Nationality (General) Regulations 2003 (“the 2003 Regulations”) and Schedule 2 to the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Regulations 1986 (“the 1986 Regulations”).

The amendments to the 2003 Regulations require an application under sections 1(3) and (4), 3(5), 4(2) and 4(5), 4A, 4C, 5, 10(1) and (2) and 13(1) and (3) of the British Nationality Act 1981 (“the 1981 Act”) to contain information showing that an applicant aged 10 or over is of good character, a requirement imposed pursuant to section 58 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. They also require an application under sections 6(1) and (2), 10(2) and 13(1) and (3) of the 1981 Act by a person who is not of full capacity to specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived if it is desired that the full capacity requirement be waived. The amendments to the 2003 Regulations also omit the form which a certificate of naturalisation must take but specify the information that must be included in such a certificate, which no longer includes the name which the holder had at birth if different from his current name.

The amendment to Schedule 5 to the 2003 Regulations and Schedule 2 to the 1986 Regulations requires a declaration of renunciation by a person who is not of full capacity to specify why it would be in the applicant's best interests for the requirement to be waived if it is desired that the full capacity requirement be waived.