Registration Of A Child As British Citizen
Children who are under the of 18 years (minors) can apply to the Home Office for registration as British citizens under the following sections of the British Nationality Act 1981. Once a child reaches age 18 they will have to apply to naturalise as an adult.
- Section 1 (3) birth in the UK to parents who are now settled in the UK or have become British citizens;
- Section 1 (3A) birth in the UK to parents who have joined the armed forces;
- Section 3 (1) child whose parents are applying for British citizenship;
- Section 3 (2) birth abroad to parents who are British by descent and have lived in the UK or a British overseas territory;
- Section 3 (5) birth abroad to parents who are British by descent but are now living in the UK or a British overseas territory;
- Section 3 (1) children adopted abroad by British citizen parents;
- Section 3 (1) children whose parents had renounced and subsequently resumed British citizenship;
- Section 3 (1) any other case not listed below where it is considered to be in the child’s best interests to be granted British citizenship;
- Section 4D birth abroad to parents serving in the armed forces.
Registration of the children of EEA nationals
Different rules apply depending on when children born in the United Kingdom to EEA and Swiss nationals:
– If a child born in the United Kingdom before 2/10/2000 to an EEA national parent will be a British citizen if the parent was exercising EC Treaty rights at the time of birth,
– If a child born in the United Kingdom between 2/10/2000 and 30 April 2006 to an EEA national parent will only be a British citizen if the parent had permanent residence status in the UK at the time of the birth. (This does not apply to EEA nationals with an unconditional right of residence, such as retired people or someone who is unable to work because of incapacity).
– If a child born in the United Kingdom to an EEA national after 30 April 2006 will be a British citizen if their parent had been in the United Kingdom exercising EC Treaty rights in accordance with the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006 for more than 5 years or has permanent residence status.
Under section 1(3) it is a possibility for a child of an EEA national who did not become a British citizen at birth to be registered as a British citizen, if the parent has since become “settled” here.
The meaning of the term “settled”:
- parent has been granted indefinite leave/permanent residence status in the United Kingdom, or
- parent has been exercising EEA free movement rights in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 5 years ending on or after 30 April 2006.
The immigration lawyers at LawPark are experts in dealing with application for a registration as a British Citizen. If you need legal help from immigration lawyers in London to prepare and submit your application for a registration as a British Citizen and we are here to provide you friendly, reliable, efficient and professional immigration service.
In the event that our team of professionals works with you and your application for a registration as a British Citizen, you can expect to enjoy the following services:
- Our immigration specialists will provide you with detailed instructions in regards to immigration regulations as well as the specific procedures required by the Home Office and the UKBA that are relevant to your case.
- Our immigration lawyers will answer any questions about your case while identifying its benefits and drawbacks.
- Our immigration lawyers will explain all documentation that needs to be submitted alongside your application for a registration as a British Citizen.
- Our immigration lawyers will examine these documents and discuss how they are relevant to your case.
- Our team of immigration lawyers will complete the application forms and answer any questions that you may have.
- If needed, our immigration lawyers will prepare a sponsorship declaration and explain the process in detail.
- Our lawyers will draft a cover letter that will support and submit the application for a registration as a British Citizen.
- Our team of immigration lawyers will communicate with the UKBA and the Home Office to ensure a quick decision in regards to your application for a registration as a British Citizen.
- Your interests will be protected when working with our immigration lawyers during the entire process. We will keep you informed while the application is pending with the Home Office.