466. Automatic acquisition under transitional arrangements.

British overseas citizenship may be acquired automatically1 either by operation of law or by birth.

Any person who immediately before 1 January 19832 was a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies3, and who did not on that day become either a British citizen4 or a British overseas territories citizen5, became on that day a British overseas citizen6.

British overseas citizenship can be acquired at birth only by persons who would otherwise be born stateless7. Such a person will be a British overseas citizen by birth if he is born on or after 1 January 1983 in the United Kingdom or