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Apply for citizenship if you have a British parent

Updated: Aug 6, 2023


Apply for citizenship if you have a British parent


You were born between 1983 and June 2006


You are automatically a British citizen if you were born outside the UK and all of the following apply:


· you were born between 1 January 1983 and 30 June 2006

· your mother or father was a British citizen when you were born (they must have been married if your father had British citizenship but your mother did not)

· your British parent could pass on their citizenship to you.


Your British parent could pass on their citizenship to you if they were one of the following:


· born or adopted in the UK

· given citizenship after applying for it in their own right (not based on having a British parent)

· working as a Crown servant when you were born (for example in the diplomatic service, overseas civil service or armed forces)


If you qualify for citizenship in this way, your children will not automatically become British if they are born outside the UK. Contact us to check if you qualify.


If you are automatically a citizen, you can apply for a UK passport or ask for a letter confirming your citizenship (your ‘immigration status’).


If you live in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British overseas territory, there is a different way to get a letter confirming your citizenship.


If your British father was not married to your mother


You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if your father was a British citizen when you were born.


He must also have been one of the following:


· born or adopted in the UK

· given citizenship after applying for it in his own right (not based on having a British parent)

· working as a Crown servant when you were born (for example in the diplomatic service, overseas civil service or armed forces)


If you live in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British overseas territory, you have to apply by post or in person instead.



Phone: +44(0)7548856403



Immigration and Visa Advice and Services – https://www.arukvisa.co.uk/



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