REGISTRATION AS A CHILD
Under the British Nationality law, a child born in the UK after 1 January 1983 will only acquire British nationality if either his/her mother or father is a British citizen or has settled status in the UK (i.e. has Indefinite Leave to Remain).
If a child does not become a British citizen at birth, he or she may be entitled to Registration as a British citizen later. They have the right to be registered as British citizens once at least one of the parents obtains a settled status (or receives Indefinite Leave to Remain). This registration is subject to good character requirement, but is not subject to ministerial discretion.
A person born in the UK to non-British parents who has spent the first 10 years of his life in the UK and has not been out of the country for more than 90 days in any one year of the first 10 years of his life, is entitled to be registered as a British citizen. Such application for registration can be made at any time and is not limited by a requirement to apply while the applicant is under 18. The requirement of good character applies.
A child born abroad to automatically acquire British citizenship, the British parent must be a British citizen ‘otherwise than by descent’. This would confer upon the child the status of British citizen ‘by descent’, and the child could not automatically transmit British citizenship to their own children who might be born abroad in the future. A child born abroad to a parent who is British ‘by descent’ can, in certain circumstances, apply to the UKBA for registration as a British citizen.
In addition to registration by entitlement, a child may be registered by discretionary powers of the Secretary of State. The rules governing the discretion are both complex and fluid. Best interests of the child are to be heeded and the applicant has to demonstrate that the future of the child lies in the UK.
In nutshell, applicants children can be eligible for registration of a child as a British Citizen in the following ways:-
Children born in the UK to parent who has become settled in the United Kingdom or becomes a British citizen; or
Children born overseas and whose parents are applying for British citizenship; or
Children who have lived in the UK for the first 10 years of his or her life and their parents are not settled
Frequently asked questions
What is Automatic acquisition of British citizenship?
A child born in the UK to parents one or both of whom are British citizens, or are settled in the UK at the time the child is born, or members of the UK armed forces is automatically a British citizen otherwise than by descent and does not need to be registered. Similarly, a child born overseas to a British parent is a British citizen by descent and does not need to be registered.
How many days am I allowed to stay outside UK to apply for Naturalisation?
Will my work related absence be disregarded towards the residency requirement?
In line with the Home Office service standards for processing British citizenship applications, they decide 95 per cent of settlement applications within six (6) months of the application date.
Can I have two nationalities at the same time?
When can I apply for British Passport?
What is Good Character requirement?
They have not respected, and/or are not prepared to abide by the law; or
They have been involved in or associated with war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, or other actions that are considered not to be conducive to the public good ;
Their financial affairs were not in appropriate order; or
Their activities were notorious and cast serious doubt on their standing in the local community; or
They had been deliberately dishonest or deceptive in their dealings with the UK Government; or
They have assisted in the evasion of immigration control.