Children born in the UK
More information on the rights of children born in the UK.
Children not born in the UK
Section 3 (1) of the Home Office's guide on registration as a British citizen
A child under the age of 18 born outside of the UK could be registered as a British citizen if:
- Their family have settled in the UK
- They have at least one parent who is naturalising as a British citizen (or is already British) and the other parent holds a settled status
- The child also holds the settled status
- The child is aged over 13 and has at least two years' UK residence
Section 3 (5)
A child under the age of 18 born outside of the UK could be registered as a British citizen where both of the following apply:
- One parent is British by descent at the time of the child’s birth
- Both parents* and the child have been resident in the UK for at least three years (this may be shorter in some cases)
* Where the parents have separated, are living separately or never married, different criteria apply and these should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
It can be important to take action before a child turns 18. After they turn 18, several rights to British nationality fall away and can be lost forever
Settled status is most commonly held by one of the following: