Under the British Nationality Act 1981 there are various ways that children in the UK can become eligible to register as British Citizens. The main categories include:

  • If a child is born in the UK and lives here for the first 10 years of their life.
  • If a child is born in the UK and at some point after their birth one or both of their parents becomes settled/obtains Indefinite Leave to Remain.
  • If a child is born in the UK, an application can be made to the Home Office to exercise discretion and register the child as British because of the circumstances of their case.
  • For a child born outside of the UK, they may be eligible to register as British depending upon their parent’s type of British nationality and residence in the UK for at least three years; or if the child was adopted in a country where the adoption procedures are in accordance with the De Hague Convention and thus recognised in the UK.

If you think your child may be eligible then please get in touch for more information.

Contact us today on 0808 166 8831 or email a.minnaar@sydneymitchell.co.uk or m.southall@sydneymitchell.co.uk alternatively complete our online enquiry form.

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