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Whether or not a person is a British citizen depends on the type of citizenship their parents had. This may be British citizenship by descent or otherwise than by descent.
British citizenship may descend to one generation born abroad. So if a person is born outside the United Kingdom or qualifying territory and one of his/her parents was a British citizen otherwise than by descent, they will become a British citizen by descent.
If the person was born before 1 July 2006 he/she may not qualify if the parents were not married at the time of your birth.
However, a person is a British citizen otherwise than by descent if at the time of his/her birth one of his/her parents was a British citizen in Crown service, designated service, or service of a European Community institution and he/she was recruited to that service:
- in the United Kingdom;
- in the United Kingdom or a qualifying territory (if you were born on or after 21 May 2002); or
- in the European Community (for service with a European Community institution).
If a person was born outside the United Kingdom or qualifying territory and his/her parents were British citizens by descent, they are not a British citizen.
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