427. The right of abode prior to 1 January 1983.

The right of abode in the United Kingdom1 was introduced into United Kingdom law on 1 January 19732, and under current law is a benefit of British citizenship3. In order to ascertain current national status, however, it is frequently necessary to consider the qualifications for the right of abode under previous law4. Prior to 1 January 19835 the following enjoyed the right of abode in the United Kingdom6:


    (1)     a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies who had that citizenship by birth, adoption, naturalisation or registration in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man7,

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