British Citizenship: Registration of Minors


Possible entitlement to registration of minors as British Citizens

The British Nationality Act 1981 contains a number of provisions which give minors in certain circumstances an entitlement to registration as British citizens. They are:

  • for UK born minors whose parent has become a British citizen settled here or in the armed forces
  • for UK born minors with residence in the UK from birth to age 10
  • born to British citizens outside the UK
  • born to British citizens outside the UK where the family have lived in the UK for 3 years
  • for people who already have some form of British nationality, including British overseas territories citizen, British overseas citizen, British national overseas, British subjects, British protected persons - born outside the UK to a parent serving in the armed forces, born before 1 July 2006 and would have an entitlement to registration had the child’s mother been married to their natural father, born between 1 January 1983 and 30 June 2006 and would have become a British citizen automatically had the child’s mother been married to their natural father, UK nationals for European Union treaty purposes and stateless minors.

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