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Children and their rights to British Citizenship

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Children born outside the UK

Was either parent* a British

citizen when the child was born?

BUT

Because the Home Office has a wide

discretion to register any child as a British

citizen, it is possible to apply when you

don’t meet all the Home Office guidance.

There may be circumstances in which:

• it can be demonstrated that the child’s

future clearly lies in the UK; and

• the child is closely connected to the

UK; and

• it would be in the child’s best interests

to be registered as a British citizen;

and

• if the child is aged 10 or over, the

Home Office is satisfied that the child

is of good character.

Was that parent* a British

citizen by descent?**

NO

YES

When that parent was born, were either of their

parents a British citizen not by descent?**

YES

Was the child born

stateless?***

YES

NO

Was the child born after

12 January 2010 and a parent*

serving in HM Armed Forces

outside the UK at that time?

NO

NO

YES

Detailed supporting evidence will be

required to show the strength of the

child’s connection to the UK and that the

child’s future clearly lies here.

YES

NO

Has the child’s British citizen

parent lived in the UK for

three continuous years

before the child was born?

YES

Child has

the right to

registration

(see page

13-15)

NO

Are the child and both parents

living in the UK and have they

done so for the past three years?

YES

NO

Child is not

born a British

citizen but may

be registered

in certain

circumstances

(see page

16-18)

Child has

the right to

registration

(see page 14)

BRITISH CITIZEN

*If parents are not married, see meaning of ‘Father’ on page 20

**See meaning of ’Descent’ on page 22 ***See meaning of ’Stateless’ on page 23

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