Registration

There are several categories under which you can register as a British Citizen. Registration is a simpler method of acquiring citizenship than naturalisation, but only certain people are eligible for it.

Adults in the following circumstances may be entitled to be registered as British Citizens:

  • Persons born outside the UK to a British born or naturalised mother
  • British Overseas territories citizens, British subjects, British overseas   British Nationals overseas and British protected persons, 
  • Persons who have no other nationality
  • Registration as a British citizen under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997. 
  • People born in the United Kingdom on or after 1 January 1983 and lived there up to the age of 10
Children

Stated below are circumstances under which a child born in the United Kingdom whose parents were not British citizens or settled in the United Kingdom at the time of the child's birth can meet the requirements to be registered as a British citizen. 
  • Children born in the UK who lived in the UK up to the age of 10.
  • Children born to a British father who is not married to the mother
  • Certain children born outside the UK to a British citizen
  • Children who are adopted outside the United Kingdom by British citizens
  • Children for whom the Secretary of State is willing to exercise his discretion to grant nationality 
  • Children born in the UK where a parent obtains British citizenship or indefinite leave to remain after the child is born
  • Children registering as British subjects, British overseas territories citizen and British overseas citizen
British citizenship can be gained through registration as a matter of law provided all the requirements are met. However there are provisions under which a registration application can be made on a discretionary basis, if reasonable under the given circumstances. Speak to one of our expert advisers for more information on discretionary applications.

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