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UK Citizenship by Birth for Nigerians

There are different ways to obtain UK British Citizenship if you are from Nigeria.

For more information about British citizenship by birth for Nigerians, including details on eligibility criteria and how to apply, contact one of our legal advisers today. Call us on +23413438882 in Nigeria or the UK office on +44 (0) 3316300929, or contact us online.

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    Benefits of Choosing IAS for Your Citizenship Application

    IAS is the ideal choice for your UK citizenship application. Whether you are registering as a citizen by birth, marriage, naturalisation, or ancestry, we can help you.

    Our expert, capable lawyers can help address a wide range of issues and concerns, helping to make the process of applying for citizenship simple and hassle-free.

    At IAS, we are committed to offering the highest-quality level of service available in the law sector. When getting in touch with us for help, you will:

    Get expert, success-oriented assistance for all steps in the citizenship process.

    Be fully prepped on all Home Office-required documents and evidence you will need to submit.

    Receive regular check-ins from your personal immigration lawyer throughout the entire process.

    Enjoy continued support beyond your citizenship application, such as if your family members also decide to apply.

    Regardless of what your personal immigration query might be, IAS is here to help and support you. Call us or enquire online to learn more about how we can help you.

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    Are you a Nigerian Born in the UK and Want to Become a British Citizen?

    Call us today so our experienced legal team can give you the help and advice that you need. Our expert team of caseworkers has a proven track record of assisting Nigerians with their British Citizenship application to the highest standards. We’ll take the worry out of the process so that you can get on with life in the UK.

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    Overview of British Citizenship by Birth for Nigerians

    British citizenship by birth is granted to children born in the UK (with some exceptions). The applicants may be eligible for a British passport if they claim citizenship. However, citizenship laws are different for those who were born abroad or to parents who were born outside of the UK.

    To be eligible for British citizenship, you must have been born in the UK or have at least one parent who was. You can apply for citizenship once you turn 18 if one of your parents was born outside the UK, and has lived in Britain for at least five years before you were born.

    If neither of your parents were born in the UK but they have lived as a lawful resident for 10 years immediately before your birth, you will be able to register as a British or apply to be a British citizen when you turn 18 years old.

    It is also possible for the children of a parent who is a British citizen by descent or register as a British to be able to claim that status as well.

    Who Can Apply for British Citizenship?

    A child born in the UK to non British parents may be eligible for British citizenship by birth if they meet certain criteria. You are eligible to apply as a British citizen if you were born:

    • In Nigeria, but one parent was born in the UK or settled as a British citizen
    • Outside of Nigeria, but has a parent or both parents who were born in the UK
    • To a parent resident in the UK for 10 years before the child’s birth (or had Indefinite Leave to Remain or settled status)
    • In the UK to a parent or parents who were a British nationality or as a British citizen
    • Outside of the United Kingdom but who has at least one of the parents as a British citizen by descent
    • In the UK before 1 January 1983, and one of the parents or both lived as British citizens at the time of your birth

    If you’re a child born in the UK to Nigerian parents and you’re looking to move to the UK, our sympathetic and experienced lawyers will be able to help. Our immigration lawyers have years of experience helping Nigerians live as British citizens or settled in the UK. We can give you helpful advice on how to obtain your British citizenship by birth.

    When You Don’t Need to Apply for UK Citizenship

    A Nigerian citizen born in the UK before 1 January 1983, would automatically register as a British citizen if at least one of the parents registered as a British citizen at the time of their birth.

    However, if a child is born outside the UK and neither parent was a British nationality at the time of their birth, they will not be registered automatically a British citizen by descent.

    In order to be a British citizen by birth, you must make a citizenship application via the UK Home Office.

    If none of these apply to you, you can apply for naturalisation as a British citizen if you are not eligible to automatically be a British citizen.

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    What Documents are Needed for a UK Citizenship Application?

    If you are under 18 years old, your parents will need to sign an application form permitting their child to be registered as a British citizen. If you are over 18 but not yet 21, you will need to sign an application form giving permission for yourself.

    To apply for British citizenship for a child born in the UK to Nigerian parents, you will need to provide the following documents:

    • A birth certificate
    • Evidence of your parents’ or guardians’ identity and nationality (if your birth date was in the UK before 1 January 1983)
    • Your identity documents

    What is the Cost and Processing Time for British Citizenship by Birth?

    The fees to process citizenship by birth for Nigerians costs £1,206 for those under and over 18 years of age. Applicants aged 18 or older need to pay an additional fee to cover the citizenship ceremony (£80).

    On average, the processing time for British citizenship applications for applicants born in the UK is around between 6 months and longer depending on the applicant’s circumstances.

    At IAS, we can help with all aspects of citizenship applications, from helping you fill out your forms to preparing supporting documents. Whatever your needs are, our legal team can help you get ready for your citizenship interview and ensure that you’re prepared.

    Nigerians born in the UK are eligible for British citizenship. We can assist with the application procedure.

    What Is a Certificate of Citizenship?

    If you want your child to obtain a British passport, you can apply for a Certificate of Citizenship. This can be obtained from the Home Office or if you are abroad, from the nearest British consulate.

    Once you have the Certificate of Citizenship, the next step is to make an application for a British passport.

    You will need to provide your child’s personal information and details about your relationship with them. You will also be asked to provide proof of their name and date of birth (such as a birth certificate).

    If you have adopted your child, there are additional requirements you must meet in order to obtain a passport for them. Reach out to IAS for more information on what documentation is needed.

    Can Nigerians Born in the UK Be Denied Citizenship?

    The UK’s Home Office occasionally refuses British citizenship through birth for those who were born in the UK due to concerns regarding the legitimacy of their birth. In these cases, a birth certificate or passport from Nigeria is a strong form of evidence regarding the applicant’s place of birth.

    However, if the applicant cannot obtain this information, or if it contradicts other forms of evidence, your application may be denied.

    If your application is rejected, we can help you on what steps to take next. IAS immigration lawyers can advise you on whether or not you are eligible for British citizenship by birth and can assist you to apply for British citizenship.

    Your child may acquire British nationality if born in the UK. Our lawyers can guide you through various means of doing so.

    How Can IAS Help?

    Are you a Nigerian citizen who has been denied UK citizenship by birth? Our expert legal team may be able to help.

    For those born in Nigeria, British nationality may be acquired through various means. It is important to use an immigration lawyer if you wish your child to live as a British citizen.

    Our experienced lawyers can help you get the right paperwork from the beginning, eliminating the risk of having your citizenship denied.

    With legal advice, you can avoid re-applying, which can mean a lot of extra time and money spent on applications.

    IAS has experience helping Nigerian clients, and we can assist you with visa applications, as well as pre-action protocol or appeals. We have lawyers in Nigeria who can assist you with your legal issues.

    The lawyer will take care of all of the paperwork and all of the legwork for you. You will not have to worry about missing deadlines or forgetting certain steps.

    For more about citizenship by birth for Nigerians, including details about the eligibility criteria and how you can apply, contact one of our legal experts today. Call us at our office in Nigeria on +23413438882 or our UK office on +44 (0) 3316300929, or contact us online.

    We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Citizenship by descent is a form of citizenship that allows people who were born in a country to be granted citizenship if their parents were citizens of that country. Other than by descent, these children can even be granted citizenship even if their parents are not living in the UK.

    The reason for this is because citizenship by descent gives children the ability to maintain their link to the culture and values of their parents’ home country, while still being able to live in the country where they were born

    However, there are other ways your children born in the UK can obtain British nationality. You can obtain a British citizenship through naturalisation, which is possible if certain requirements are met.

    These requirements include you to be over 18 years old and have lived in the UK lawfully for at least five years. You must also intend to continue living permanently (Indefinite Leave to Remain or settled status) in the country and have good knowledge of the English language.

    You can apply for them to receive a certificate of entitlement instead if you are living outside of the UK and your child was born in the UK but you are not able to return to the UK for them to obtain citizenship

    A permanent or settled status resident is a citizen of another country who has settled in the UK with the right to live, work, and study without restriction.

    If a settled status applicant passes the Life in the UK Test and completes other requirements for citizenship, they will receive a Certificate of Naturalization. This certificate confirms that a person has been granted citizenship and all rights that come with it.

    British citizenship is obtained when a person is born in the UK or when they are granted British citizens by the Home Office. A person who holds British nationality can obtain a British passport, which gives them certain rights and advantages, such as the right to live in the UK with no restrictions, vote, get a job, etc.

    A child who is born in the UK to Nigerian parents will be granted UK citizenship by birth. However, if that child is outside the UK, it will not automatically be granted in the UK until they return.

    If you have a child who was born in the UK and would like to find out more about how you will be able to obtain a British nationality for them, contact our immigration lawyers today.

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