THE CITIZENSHIP ACT, 1951

(ACT NO. II OF 1951).
  [13th April, 1951]
 
 
     
   
 
 
  Citizenship by descent  
5. Subject to the provisions of section 3 a person born after the commencement of this Act, shall be a citizen of Bangladesh by descent if his 1[ father or mother] is a citizen of Bangladesh at the time of his birth:



Provided that if the 2[ father or mother] of such person is a citizen of Bangladesh by descent only, that person shall not be a citizen of Bangladesh by virtue of this section unless-



(a) that person's birth having occurred in a country outside Bangladesh the birth is registered at a Bangladesh Consulate or Mission in that country, or where there is no Bangladesh Consulate or Mission in that country at the prescribed Consulate or Mission or at a Bangladesh Consulate or Mission in the country nearest to that country; or



(b) that person's 3[ father or mother] is, at the time of the birth, in the service of any Government in Bangladesh.
 
 
 
1 The words “father or mother” were substituted for the word “father” by section 2 of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act. No. XVII of 2009) (with effect from 31st December, 2008).

2 The words “father or mother” were substituted for the word “father” by section 2 of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act. No. XVII of 2009) (with effect from 31st December, 2008).

3 The words “father or mother” were substituted for the word “father” by section 2 of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2009 (Act. No. XVII of 2009) (with effect from 31st December, 2008).

 
 

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