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British Citizenship for Children Born in the UK

Security and Stability for Young People

A child may be automatically British at birth. For example, a child born in the UK after 1 July 2006 is automatically British if one parent is British or 'settled' - in other words, the parent holds Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain when the child is born.

If a child is not automatically British, he/she can apply to register as a British Citizen.

Children can apply for Registration as a British Citizen if they can prove they are entitled to British Citizenship - or they can ask the Home Office to grant Citizenship using its discretion.

A child is entitled to British Citizenship if they were born in the UK and:

  • at least one parent becomes British or 'settled' after the birth. The child must be under 18 years old at the time of the application.
  • the child has lived in the UK continuously until the age of ten. Adults can also apply in this way. 

A child can ask the Home Office to register her/him as a British Citizen at its discretion. This means that the Home Office must look at each individual case and take several factors into account when deciding whether to grant citizenship. The factors that will be considered are:

  • the citizenship and immigration status of the child’s parents
  • the length of the child’s residence in the UK
  • whether or not the child is settled
  • the child’s character (e.g. criminal convictions)
  • parental consent
  • what is in the child’s best interests

Working with us

We will assess whether your child is entitled to British Citizenship or whether the child can apply for Citizenship by asking the Home Office to consider the her/his particular circumstances. It will be very important in the case of discretion to argue strongly that the child should be granted Citizenship in the circumstances and support the arguments with strong evidence.

All our applications are meticulously prepared and only submitted when we are satisfied they have a good chance of success. If we think there are weaknesses in your British Citizenship application for a child born in the UK, we will tell you.

How does the process of British Citizenship for a child born in the UK work?

Come and see us to discuss your child's position. We offer an initial free 20 minute advice session.

If you wish to use our services, we will tell you what we need from you, prepare the entire application, ensure the evidence is as strong as possible and we will submit the application for you.

Decisions from the Home Office can take up to six months but we are there to advise at every step of the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have just obtained EU Settled Status. Can my children become British Citizens?

Yes, if they were born in the UK, they can register as British Citizens because a parent has become settled in the UK and they are now entitled to British Citizenship.

My adopted child was born outside the UK. I am British and live in the UK. Can she be British?

Your child will be automatically British from the date of adoption. You can simply apply for a British passport and there is no need to register her as a British Citizen.

If a child was adopted outside the UK, she can become British automatically as long as the adoption is recognised in the UK (it must be a Hague Convention adoption).

My children's father has disappeared from their life. Do I need his consent to apply to register my children as British Citizens?

No, as long as you can show why you cannot obtain consent from the children's father. Normally both parents need to consent.

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