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If British citizens living outside the UK have children out-of-country, the children will not automatically receive British Citizenship by descent. The ways for children to get British citizenship if they were born abroad outside the UK, is through adoption, naturalisation or (usually) registration. Parents can register a child as a British citizen through a simple process using the application form MN1.
A child must be registered as a British citizen before they can apply for a British passport. They must also be registered before they can enter the country. Registering as a British Citizen for a child born abroad can be done at any time before the child turns 18.
Our expert lawyers will use their wealth of experience to identify the correct route for your family. Registering your child as a British citizen can be a very complex process. Our services mean that your lawyer will completely manage your application and ensure that your child has the best chance of success.
Call 0333 363 8577 or contact us using our online enquiry form to begin your application for British Citizenship for your child born abroad.
While different to Naturalisation, the application to register your child as a British citizen is still long and complex.
Your child will not need to fulfil most of the requirements of British Citizenship through naturalisation. They will not need to provide proof of English Language ability or pass a Life in the UK test.
You will, however, still need to provide:
To ensure that your application is completed smoothly and within a reasonable timeframe, get in touch with the expert lawyers at IAS.
If your child was born outside of the UK, they may not automatically have received British Citizenship. If you are a British citizen, your child will be eligible to claim citizenship by descent. Unless your child returns to live in the UK, their children will not inherit the same rights.
Children born in the UK to citizens of the European Economic Area may be British citizens depending on when they were born. Children born:
Children born outside of the UK are only British Citizens by descent if one or both parents have British Citizenship at the time of birth. This means that your child will be eligible to register as a British Citizen but will not automatically be recognised as a citizen.
For children born in the UK to non-British parents, find out more about who qualifies for British Citizenship by birth.
You will only be able to apply for a British passport for your child once they have been registered as a British citizen. Once you have received their certificate of registration, you will be able to apply for a British passport. This process will be the same as for other British citizens. It will include providing endorsed photographs, previous passports and a range of other documents.
For more information on how to apply for a British passport.
If your child has British Citizenship by descent, we are available to apply for registration as a British citizen. We offer a high-quality, comprehensive service that will give you the best chance for a successful result.
Our services include:
For more information, or to start applying for British Citizenship for your child born abroad, contact us online or by calling 0333 363 8577 today.
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