Child Registration for British Citizenship
Children born in the UK since 1983 or those born outside of the UK may be eligible for British citizenship. For those born outside of the UK, they will need to fit the criteria as laid out by the Home Office. In this article, we look at the ways in which children under the age of 18 are eligible to register as British citizens.
Can I register my child if they were born outside of the UK but I’m a British citizen?
Yes, absolutely you can. You will need to fill in a form and return it to the Home Office. You will be required to show some proof and this will be highlighted in the application guidance.
Can I register my adopted child as a British citizen?
If either one or both of the adoptive parents are British then the child will automatically be considered a British citizen in certain circumstances. There is a possibility of this not being the case and if there is any confusion as to whether or not your adoptive child is eligible then please give us a call and we can discuss your situation with you.
I have British descent, can I register my child as a British citizen?
Not automatically! Descent only extends to one generation, so if you yourself are not British, your child will not automatically be allowed to register. There is some discretion in this and if you would like to discuss it further then please get in touch and we can help you further.
Children of settled parents and born in the UK
If you have settled status your child will automatically be a British citizen and will not require registration if they are born in the UK, they will qualify by birthright and will be given a British birth certificate that notes their nationality as British.
Child whose parents are applying for British citizenship
You will be able to add your child to a family application and therefore do not need to fill out a separate form, this may be the best option for you and your family, but if you need more help then please get in touch and we may be able to advise you further.
How do I apply to register my child?
In the event that you do need to register your child, you will need to locate the correct form, fill it out and return it to the Home Office with the relevant required paperwork. If you need any assistance with filling out your form then please get in touch.
How we can help
If you need any help with registering your child as a British citizen then please get in touch. Our immigration specialists who can help with your forms and collate your proof as required by the registration process. We can also help with all other immigration queries, so if you need help then please give us a call.