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  Citizenship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Citizenship is membership in a political community (originally a city but now usually a state), and carries with it rights to political participation; a person having such membership is a citizen.
In recent years, some intergovernmental organisations have extended the concept and terminology associated with citizenship to international level; where it is applied to the totality of the citizens of their constituent countries combined.
Whilst Commonwealth citizenship is sometimes enshrined in the written constitutions (where applicable) of Commonwealth states and is considered by some to be a form of dual citizenship, there have never been, nor are there any plans for a common passport.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Citizen   (1062 words)

 British nationality law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
British citizenship is the most common type of British nationality, and the only one that automatically carries a right of abode in the United Kingdom.
This is relevant in terms of eligibility to apply for naturalisation or obtaining British citizenship for UK born children (born on or after 2 October 2000).
British nationals (other than British citizens) who have indefinite leave to remain in the UK or right of abode, are eligible for British citizenship by registration after five years' residence in the United Kingdom.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/British_nationality_law#British_National_.28O...   (4481 words)

 British nationality law -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
British subjects are mainly people from the Indian sub-continent who were born before 1948, were formerly British subjects without citizenship and did not become either citizens of the United Kingdom & Colonies or citizens of India or Pakistan.
If you have British nationality, and are also a national of a country which does not allow dual nationality, the authorities of that country may either regard you as having lost that nationality or may refuse to recognise your British nationality.
The British Nationality Act 1981 remedied this in relation to children born from 1983, but did not grant British citizenship to those deprived of CUKC status by operation of the previous British legislation.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/b/br/british_nationality_law.htm   (3756 words)

 British citizenship: UK Immigration
The whole area of British nationality is a complicated and fascinating one and there are very many different ways in which an individual may be, or may become, a British citizen.
Becoming a British citizen is often a natural progression for people who have come to the UK in an employment based category such as work permit, UK ancestry etc., obtained indefinite leave to remain after four years and have become eligible for an application to naturalise as a British citizen a year later.
Naturalisation for spouses of British citizens: the rules for naturalisation for a spouse of a British citizen are similar but a key difference is that the residence period is reduced from five years to three.
www.asgvisa.com /immigration_uk/british_citizenship.html   (571 words)

 Encyclopedia: British nationality law   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
British Citizens usually hold this status through a connection with the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Ise of Man ("United Kingdom and Islands").
The British Raj is an informal term for the period of British rule of most of the Indian subcontinent, or present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (previously known as Ceylon).
The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps The British Empire was the worlds first global power, a product of the European Age of Exploration that began with the global maritime empires of Portugal and Spain in the late 1400s.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/British-nationality-law   (6166 words)

 Dual Nationality (Adults) from BritainUSA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Although acquisition or use of US citizenship does not of itself jeopardise retention of British citizenship, and there is not objection on the part of British authorities to a dual citizen using a US passport, it should not be assumed that the reverse is also true.
Such persons may in British law exercise any right possessed generally by British citizens, but of course it is their own responsibility to ascertain from the appropriate US authorities what effect, if any, their action may have on their status as a citizen of that country.
British citizens who are also citizens of another country are advised that they cannot be accorded official British protection when they are in the territory of the other citizenship.
www.britainusa.com /consular/dualnata.asp   (538 words)

 Background to British Nationality Law from BritainUSA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A British woman marrying an alien lost her British subject status automatically on marriage, before 1933 whether or not she acquired her husband's citizenship; from that date onwards she lost it only if she acquired the nationality of her husband.
The United Kingdom legislation, the British Nationality Act 1948, created the status of British subject: Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (BS/CUKC) for all those whose connection was with the United Kingdom itself or with a place which, on 1 January 1949, was still a colony.
Citizenship may now be transmitted through either the male of female line, except that in the case of an illegitimate child it can be acquired only through the mother.
www.britainusa.com /consular/bnatlaw.asp   (835 words)

 Reporter-News Online: Texas News -- Convicted killer with U.S.-British citizenship set to die
John Elliott, 42, was on probation after murder and burglary convictions when he was arrested for taking part in a gang rape and then whipping Joyce Munguia, 18, two dozens times in the head and face with a chrome-plated motorcycle chain he used as a belt.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw asked Gov. Rick Perry to grant clemency for Elliott and more than 100 ministers of Parliament signed a House of Commons motion demanding clemency.
At least two other British citizens condemned for murder have been executed in the United States, in 1995 and last year, both in Georgia.
www.texnews.com /1998/2003/texas/texas_Convicted24.html   (642 words)

 British nationality - children of Indian origin born in Hong Kong
India's Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2003 was passed by the Indian Parliament on 22 December 2003 and came into force after receiving the assent of the President of India on 7 January 2004.
After establishing the claim to British Overseas citizenship, as long as the child continues to have no other nationality, the child will be entitled to registration as a full British citizen (with right of abode in the UK) under section 4B of the British Nationality Act 1981.
To apply for full British citizenship (with right of abode in the UK) for the child, the parents should approach the Consular section of the British Consulate-General at 1 Supreme Court Road, Hong Kong (Tel: 2901 3281 or email: consular@bcg.org.hk) to obtain the relevant application forms, which are Guide B(OS) and Form B(OS).
www.britishcitizen.info   (1094 words)

 British Citizenship   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Overseas nationals who satisfy certain criteria may apply for British citizenship.
British citizenship is governed by the British Nationality Act 1981 which provides four ways that British citizenship may be acquired.
For all purposes of the British Nationality Act 1981, "parent" includes the mother but not the father of an illegitimate child.
www.hudsonlegal.co.uk /citizenship   (103 words)

 British Virgin Islands - Island Sun Newspaper
British citizenship will be automatically conferred on BVIslanders and citizens of Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Bermuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands and the other territories concerned.
In terms of whether British citizens would now be eligible for US visa waivers, this is a matter for the authorities in the USA.
British citizenship does not mean automatic entitlement to UK state benefits and thus citizens resident outside the UK/EU are not subject to the direct taxation regimes operated by the UK or other Member States of the European Union.
www.islandsun.com /2001-November/301101/local2-v6i14.html   (538 words)

London, 5 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- British Home Secretary David Blunkett this week welcomed the recommendations of a government advisory panel that call for immigrants applying for British citizenship to pass a language and culture exam.
They would also have to be acquainted with British history since 1945 and understand British institutions, such as parliament and the electoral system, the role of the monarchy, and how democracy in general works.
Blunkett's endorsement of the citizenship exam was his third immigration-related announcement in less than a week.
truthnews.com /world/2003090008.htm   (610 words)

 NewsFromRussia.Com British citizenship test covers history, government,law and culture
The citizenship test, he said, is only part of the solution to easing immigration tensions in the United Kingdom, where fear of immigrants has intensified since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States and the bombings in Madrid and London.
He served a prison sentence for possessing and handling a stolen British passport, and subsequently he was detained by immigration authorities.Britain's High Court approved his extradition in December, but it was up to Home Secretary Charles Clarke to give the final approval More details...
Prospective British citizens as of Tuesday will have to know bits of history and law, such as how many television licenses are required per household and which courts use a jury system.
newsfromrussia.com /world/2005/10/31/66647.html   (2463 words)

 Lords Hansard text for 20 Dec 2004 (241220w04)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 7 December (HL Deb, col. 736), whether it is correct that the power stations which gave rise to nuclear waste were built and operated by the private sector.
Under what circumstances a person who is a British overseas citizen by virtue of Article 6(2) or 6(3) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 can be registered as a British citizen under Section 4B of the British Nationality Act 1981.
Provided the British Overseas citizen has no other citizenship or nationality and has not after 4 July 2002 renounced, voluntarily relinquished or lost through action or inaction any citizenship or nationality, he or she will be entitled, on application, to registration as a British citizen under Section 4B of the British Nationality Act 1981.
www.publications.parliament.uk /pa/ld199900/ldhansrd/pdvn/lds04/text/41220w04.htm   (1321 words)

 Workpermit.com - UK - Naturalisation (Citizenship) - Children Born Outside The UK - British Citizenship By Descent Or ...
Every British citizen is either a British citizen otherwise than by descent or a British citizen by descent.
This difference is important because the type of citizenship people have decides the way in which they can pass British citizenship on to their children who were born outside the United Kingdom.
A British citizen by descent is a person born outside the UK and is acquired if one or both parents are British citizens.
www.workpermit.com /uk/citizenship/born_outside_uk/citizenship_by_descent   (338 words)

 The Anguillian Newspaper: - 31 Gain British Citizenship In Anguilla
Those accorded British citizenship were originally from St. Kitts-Nevis, Antigua, Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere in the region.
In administering the oath of allegiance and the pledge of citizenship, the Governor told them they were now British Citizens along with Anguillians who had obtained the status under the British Overseas Territories Act 2002.
Earlier in his address, the Governor said: “The aim of the British citizenship ceremony is to celebrate the significance of becoming a British citizen and to welcome you, as new citizens, into the British community in a warm and friendly fashion.
net.ai /article/view/2221/1/140   (468 words)

 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002
In paragraph 3(1)(b) of Schedule 2 to the British Nationality Act 1981 (application by person born in United Kingdom or overseas territory for registration as citizen: age requirement) the words "had attained the age of ten but" shall cease to have effect.
(b) in paragraph 2(1)(b) (person born in British overseas territory), the words "he is born legitimate and" shall cease to have effect.
A person may not be registered as a British overseas territories citizen under a provision of the British Nationality Act 1981 (c.
www.hmso.gov.uk /acts/acts2002/20041--b.htm   (3055 words)

 British Australians now (officially) second-class citizens
The High Court effectively ruled that Heather Hill could not assume her elected responsibilities because (a) she had not "renounced" her British citizenship, even though she was a naturalised Australian, and (b) Britain had been a "foreign power" since at least 1986, when the Australia Acts were passed.
By virtue of s.12 of the British Nationalities Act 1981 it is theoretically possible to renounce British citizenship.
BAC is the trademark of the British Australian Community, formerly the United Kingdom Settlers' Association.
www.geocities.com /athens/acropolis/1850/citizens.html   (854 words)

 Convicted killer with U.S.-British citizenship set to die - UK death penalty foes cause firestorm   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Elliott's birth in England gave him dual citizenship and death penalty opponents in Britain, where capital punishment was outlawed in 1965, were rallying to the inmate's defense.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw asked Gov. Rick Perry on behalf of Elliott and 134 ministers of Parliament signed a House of Commons motion demanding clemency for Elliott, 42.
Streams of British reporters have been to Texas death row to see Elliott, who declined to speak with reporters from news organizations based in the United States, where his case has attracted little notice in the nation's busiest execution state.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/fr/835235/posts   (2310 words)

 The Daily Herald Newspaper Online | SABA - Caribbean
ANGUILLA--The issue of full British citizenship is expected to be one of the major issues of Anguilla's constitutional and electoral review process, expected to start before year-end.
Although Britain has promised that the granting of full British citizenship to residents of its dependent territories will not be on a reciprocal basis, Anguillians remain concerned that there are no firm guarantees.
Carty said the issue of belonger status and citizenship required more dialogue between Britain and its Dependent Territories because people in tiny territories fear being swamped by those from Britain and the EU on the basis of EU rules.
www.thedailyherald.com /news/daily/e47/consti47.html   (457 words)

 ParaPundit: Officer Denied British Citizenship Because Army Service Took Him Abroad
Captain Warwick Strong, 29, whose father and grandfather were both colonels in the Army and held British citizenship, served with the Royal Artillery for four years.
The British government ought to be ashamed of itself.
If either of his parents were english citizens he automatically obtains citizenship unless the parents did not declare the birth and even then a simple birth cetificate would be proof enough.
www.parapundit.com /archives/002522.html   (2019 words)

 BBC NEWS | Politics | First citizenship ceremony for UK
The permanent format of the ceremonies has still to be decided, although it has emerged the national anthem may not be sung or played at all of them.
Until now, people becoming British citizens have sworn an oath of allegiance in front of a solicitor, before receiving their certificate in the post.
A citizenship handbook containing information about laws, getting information and how to obtain help in the UK is also being developed.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/3487892.stm   (573 words)

 BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Six Forum: British Citizenship
So for the sake of argument, what we're going to suggest is that the average British citizen is someone who's been born in the UK.
We ask you this question, having remembered the report that was featured in the Six O'clock News, where average people on the street were given these questions that you raised in the committee and they didn't know the answers.
The intention of this is quite obvious - is that women have a right to these classes in their own right and so the husband can no longer become a citizen and leave the woman English-less and education-less in the home.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/talking_point/3077106.stm   (1612 words)

 Prism Online
idumal was born a British citizen in Hong Kong, is the son of a British citizen, speaks with a British accent, has been educated in the Hong Kong British school system, dresses and has the proper mannerisms of a British gentleman.
In 1968, the British parliament pushed through-in near record time-immigration restrictions that were mostly designed to keep Asians holding British passports out of the U.K. who were fleeing Africa.
Sital says the British owe the Indians for building their empire but no political party in England can say openly that the correct step is to give more passports to non-whites.
www.journalism.sfsu.edu /www/pubs/prism/nov95/03.html   (1699 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Poll shows Muslims do not feel respected
British Muslims feel disconnected from government and society to an alarming degree, research has revealed.
In a survey examining the relationship between British citizenship and adherence to Islam, more than half the 1,125 Muslims questioned said they felt the government did not respect British Muslims.
The researchers said those interviewed felt continuously perceived as "suspicious", "alien" and "foreign" and this barred their recognition as equal members of society, but 80% saw no contradiction between being a good British citizen and a practising Muslim.
www.guardian.co.uk /religion/Story/0,2763,1356581,00.html   (297 words)

 The Sunday Mail QLD: Hicks applies for British citizenship [25sep05]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Hicks, 30, was having a talk with his lawyer, Major Michael Mori, when he mentioned that his mother had a British passport, News Limited newspapers reported.
Realising this could allow Hicks to make a claim for British citizenship, Major Mori immediately lodged an application on Hicks's behalf at the British embassy in Washington.
The British government refused to allow any of its nine Guantanamo inmates to be tried because of concerns it failed to meet international justice standards.
www.thesundaymail.news.com.au /common/story_page/0,5936,16719565%255E1702,00.html   (282 words)

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