The Secretary of State1 may, if he thinks fit, grant any application2 for registration of a minor3 as a British overseas citizen4. Otherwise, acquisition by registration as a British overseas citizen is now possible only for stateless persons5.
A person born outside the United Kingdom and the British overseas territories6 on or after 1 January 19837, who is and always has been stateless, is entitled on application to registration as a British overseas citizen if: (1) at the time of his birth his father or mother8 was a British overseas citizen; (2) he himself was in the United Kingdom or
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