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British Passport: General Requirements for Registration as a British Citizen

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British Passport applicants, Registration as a British Citizen. of our clients do not qualify for British citizenship automatically, then they may be eligible to apply for Registration as a British citizen, either by way of an entitlement or on a discretionary basis.

Eligibility requirements for Registration as a British Citizen

  • Applicant was born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, they are not automatically a British citizen by birth, their mother and/or their father became British citizens or settled in the UK before applicant’s 18th birthday, and applicant applied for registration before their 18th birthday;

OR

  • Applicant was born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, applicant is not automatically a British citizen by birth, on or after 13 January 2010 their mother and/or their father became a member of the armed forces before applicant’s 18th birthday, and applicant applied for registration before their 18th birthday;

OR

  • Applicant was born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, they are not automatically a British citizen by birth, applicant was absent from the UK for no more than 90 days in each of the first ten years of their life, and they applied for registration at any time after applicant’s 10th birthday (applicant may therefore apply under this provision at any age);

OR

  • Applicant was born outside the UK on or after 1 January 1983, at the time of their birth one of applicant’s parents was a British citizen by descent, that parent’s father or mother was a British citizen otherwise than by descent, at any time prior to applicant’s birth that parent had been in the UK for a consecutive period of at least three years, during that three year period that parent had not been absent from the UK for more than 270 days, and they applied for registration before your 18th birthday;

OR

  • Applicant was born outside the UK on or after 1 January 1983, at the time of their birth one of their parents was a British citizen by descent, you apply for registration before your 18th birthday, applicant and their parents were in the UK on the day 3 years before the application is made, during the intervening 3 year period neither applicant’s nor their parents have been absent from the UK for more than 270 days, and both applicant’s mother and their father consent to the registration;

OR

  • Applicant was born outside the UK and Colonies before 1 January 1983, at the time of their birth applicant’s mother was a Citizen of the UK and Colonies, they would have automatically been a Citizen of the UK and Colonies by descent through applicant’s mother if specific provisions of British nationality law had provided for this at the time of their birth in the same way as it provided for citizenship by descent through a father, and if in those circumstances applicant would have had the right of abode in the UK immediately before 1 January 1983;

OR

  • Applicant was born in the UK before 1 July 2006, their parents were not married at the time of applicant’s birth, applicant has never been a British citizen, and they would have become a British citizen in certain specific circumstances had their parents been married at the time of applicant’s birth;

OR

  • Applicant is a British Overseas Territories Citizen, a British National (Overseas), a British Overseas citizen, a British subject, or a British protected person, they apply for registration, they were in the UK five years before the date of application, during the intervening five year period applicant was not absent from the UK for more than 450 days or in the UK in breach of the immigration laws, and in the twelve months immediately before the date of application they were not absent from the UK for more than 90 days or subject to any restriction on the period for which they might remain in the UK;

OR

  • Applicant is a British Overseas citizen, a British subject, a British protected person, or a British National (Overseas), they apply for registration, the Secretary of State is satisfied that you do not have any other citizenship or nationality, and the Secretary of State is satisfied that applicant has not voluntarily lost through action or inaction any other nationality at any time after 4 July 2002 (or, if you are only a British National (Overseas), after 19 March 2009);

OR

  • Applicant was born outside the UK on or after 13 January 2010, at the time of your birth their mother or father was a member of the armed forces serving outside the UK, applicant apply for registration, and if they are under 18 at the date of application applicant’s parents’ consent to the registration.

Applicant may also be entitled to be registered as a British citizen if they have previously renounced British citizenship, applicant is of full capacity, and their renunciation of British citizenship was necessary to enable applicant to acquire or retain some other citizenship or nationality.

If applicant is not entitled to be registered as a British citizen they may still apply for registration on a discretionary basis:

  • As a child, at any time before your 18th birthday;
  • As a British overseas territories citizen, at any time.

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