Your child’s right to be registered as a British citizen is restricted because you were born outside the UK.
You are entitled to register your child after you or your child’s other parent
- become a British citizen yourself, or
- get Indefinite Leave to Remain – ILR
You are entitled to register your child as a British citizen before then if
- your child has lived in the UK for at least 10 years of their life, or
- your child is stateless and they have lived in the UK for at least 5 years of their life, or
- if your child was born after 13 January 2010 and you joined the UK Armed Forces after your child was born
If you are divorced, legally separated, unmarried or a same sex couple, choose Key words and phrases below below to understand if that affects your pathway.
- You must pass a residency test. You must not have been outside the UK for 270 days or more in the 3 years before you apply to register your child. Wait until you can pass the test before applying.
- Your application must convince the Home Office it is in the best interest of child to register them as a British citizen.
Get advice if
- you cannot pass the residency test, or
- you are not sure how to convince the Home Office about your child’s best interests.
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