There are several ways that a child can meet the requirements to register as a British citizen. Depending on the child's circumstances, they will be able to apply for registration as a British citizen by entitlement or discretion under the Nationality Act 1981.
For all registrations, the child must:
- Be under 18 on the date we receive the application; and
- Be of good character if they are 10 years or over on the date of application.
Child born in the UK
- Section 1(3) applications - allows children born in the United Kingdom to parents who are now settled in the UK or have become a British citizen, to register their child as a British citizen, this registration is by entitlement.
- Section 1(4) - allows children that were born on or after 1 January 1983 in the UK and who have lived in the United Kingdom for the first 10 years of their life to register as a British Citizen, this registration is by entitlement.
- Section 3(1) applications - allows illegitimate children (parents not married) born in the UK before 1 July 2006 to a British father to register as a British Citizen, this registration is by discretion. (If the parents married after the birth, the child may now be considered legitimate).
- Section 3(1) application - allows children who do not come under section 1(3) or section 1(4) (above) to register as a British Citizens if one or both of the their parents are applying for British citizenship, this registration is by discretion.
- Section 3(1) applications - allows children born in the United Kingdom to parents who are not settled in the United Kingdom and are not British citizens to register as a British Citizen, this registration is by discretion
REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION OF UNDER 18:
- Residence in the UK
- Intention to make the UK permanent home
- Born in the UK before one of the parents obtained settled status (if applicable)
- Good character (if over 10)
- Residence of 2 years if over 16 years
- Application fees variable
Registration of minors is discretionary, for further guidance and application forms, click here.
Supporting Documents for under 18:
1. Completed and signed MN1 form (latest version)
3. Immigration Status Paper
4. Birth certificate
5. Two photos (passport) size)
6. Application fees variable.
For further information on applications made by minors for registration as British citizens on a discretionary basis, click here.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER that the UKBA guidance does not amount to hard and fast rules. Each case must be considered on its merits after taking into account all the relevant factors. It is therefore possible to register a minor under circumstances that would normally lead to the refusal of an application or to refuse when normally a child might be registered if this is justified in the particular circumstances of any case.