432. Legal definition of 'by descent'.

Normally, British citizenship can only be transmitted to one generation; a person who is a British citizen by descent does not as a general rule automatically pass that citizenship to his or her children1. For this purpose British citizenship 'by descent' is a term of art2, with an exhaustive statutory definition3. By statute, the following British citizens are British citizens by descent:

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    (1)     a person born outside the United Kingdom on or after 1 January 19834 who is a British citizen by virtue only of his father or mother being at the time of the birth5 a British citizen otherwise than by descent6;

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    (2)     a person born outside the United Kingdom on or after 1 January 1983 who is registered as a British citizen7, being the child of a British citizen by descent one of whose parents was a British citizen otherwise than by descent8;

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    (3)     a person born outside the United Kingdom on or after 1 January 1983 who is registered as a British citizen under the transitional provisions9 for chi