Children board abroad

Question

Were you born abroad – outside the UK and outside British Overseas Territories?

‘Abroad’ means

  • born outside the UK at any time, or
  • born outside British Overseas Territories after 21 May 2002

 

Answer 1 ‘Yes I was born abroad’

If you are a British citizen otherwise than by descent – automatic pathway

Your child is automatically a British citizen if you are a British citizen otherwise than by descent.

People must register children born abroad at the British Embassy in the country where the child is born. They should do that within 12 months of the child being born. Get advice if you did not register your child at a British Embassy when they were born.

If you are divorced, legally separated, unmarried or a same sex couple, choose Key words and phrases below to understand if that affects your pathway.

 

If you are a British citizen by descent – entitlement pathway

Your child is entitled to register as a British citizen if you are British by descent. But you must pass a residency test as well. ‘Residency test’ means you must not have spent more than 270 days outside the UK in the 3 years before your child was born.

People must register children born abroad at the British Embassy in the country where the child is born. They should do that within 12 months of the child being born. Get advice if you did not register your child at a British Embassy when they were born.

If you are divorced, legally separated, unmarried or a same sex couple, choose Key words and phrases below to understand if that affects your pathway.

 

If you are not a British citizen – discretion pathway

The Home Office has discretion about registering your child if you are not British by descent and not British otherwise than by descent.

Choose Discretion below.

If you are divorced, legally separated, unmarried or a same sex couple, choose Key words and phrases below to understand if that affects your pathway.

 

Answer 2 ‘No I was not born abroad’ – discretion pathway

The Home Office has discretion about registering your child.

People must register children born abroad at the British Embassy in the country where the child is born. They should do that within 12 months of the child being born.  If you did that, you can apply to register your child now.

Choose Discretion below.

Then get advice if you did not register your child at a British Embassy when they were born.

 

Key words and phrases

Discretion

Applying to register

 

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