British Citizenship by Registration

There are a number of different scenarios in which a person might qualify for British Citizenship by Registration:

If you have another type of British Nationality

If you are a British national who satisfies the requirements for British citizenship, you may submit an application for registration.

Born before 1983 to a British mother

Due to historic gender discrimination in British Nationality Law, women could not pass on their citizenship to their children born outside the UK. After the enactment of the British Nationality Act 1981 (which came into force in 1983), women could pass their citizenship onto their children born outside the UK, but this law did not apply retrospectively. To remedy this historical gender discrimination, persons born outside the UK to British mothers before 1 January 1983 now have the option of applying for British Citizenship by Registration.

Children under the age of 18

It is not possible for children to become British citizens by naturalisation until they turn 18 years old. On the other hand, parents and guardians can register their children as British citizens, which is an alternative option. There are several ways to go about this registration process, but it’s vital to remember that the regulations might be complex. We highly recommend consulting with someone for help and advice if you are unclear about which type of application to pursue.

Persons of any age who were born in the UK and did not acquire British Citizenship at birth

The British Nationality Act 1981, which came into effect on 1 January 1983, eliminated birthright citizenship, also referred to as jus soli. As a result, an individual’s British nationality now depends on their parents’ immigration status at the time of their birth. You may be eligible for British citizenship by registration if you were born in the UK but did not automatically acquire it at birth.

If you are curious about our British Citizenship by Registration Services and would like to learn more, feel free to reach out to us. We are excited to explore ways in which we can assist you throughout your application process.

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Process of obtaining British citizenship in special circumstances

The Nationality and Borders Act 2022 brought about a change to the British Nationality Act 1981 with the addition of section 4L. This new provision provides a means for adults, who would have met the qualifications to become British citizens, to register themselves under certain circumstances outlined in the law.

In accordance with section 4L, an individual has the possibility of obtaining British citizenship through registration if they missed out on being or becoming a citizen because:

  • the law was unfair in the past (for example men and women were treated differently)
  • a government department or local authority made a mistake (for example not applying for you by a deadline)
  • of exceptional circumstances (for example you were adopted by a British citizen but you were over 18 by the time the adoption became legal)

These situations are not exhaustive, and guidance should be sought if you are unsure whether or not you qualify.

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