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New legislation (from April 2022) now remedies the older gender discrimination in the old British nationality law. One such example relates to the registration of British citizens connected to the former British colony of Hong Kong). The original legislation allowed up to 50,000 Hong Kong residents to be registered as British citizens.

It would not have been possible to register a child as a British citizen under this scheme if the child was born out of wedlock. The older legislation did not recognise the father in the eyes of the law, and the new legislation can allow for such a retrospective registration. It requires the following:

- A father who registered as a British citizen in the years before Hong Kong's handover to China;

- A child of this father was born before 19 June 1997;

- The child was born before the father's registration; AND

- The child was born out of wedlock.

An anomaly in this new legislation is that such a registration means that the applicant becomes British otherwise than by Descent, and any children under the age of 18 can also be registered as British citizens.


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