Our specialist Immigration lawyers are highly experienced and can assist with registration for children to achieve British Citizenship, helping guide you through the process and increasing the chances of success.
Minors can register as British citizens by entitlement and discretion. Before considering a registration application we must check whether the child is already a British citizen in which case you do not need to register the child.
What is Registration?
Registration is the application process by which children and some categories of adults can apply to become a British citizen which will mean that they are allowed in and out of the UK without being subject to immigration restrictions.
Certain statutory criteria must be met, and a valid application has to be made with supporting evidence.
The best approach may be determined by factors such as where and when the child was born and the status of the parents. We can advise you on the best route available for your child.
As a British citizen, some of the things the child will be able to do include:
Apply for a British passport
Have full access to NHS healthcare
Vote when they come of age
Work without restrictions when they are of age to get a job
Who Can Apply to Register a Child?
In the UK, anyone under the age of 18 is considered to be a child. The law states that children cannot apply for their own citizenship, so their parents must apply for citizenship for them by ‘registering’ them.
It is possible to apply for your own British citizenship in the same application that you use to register your child, rather than applying separately. This is called a “family application”.
However, you should note that if you do this, you must confirm your awareness that your child’s application may be accepted and yours be rejected.
Our specialist team can advise and assist you with submitting a family application or registering your child with all the applicable documentation, increasing your chances of success.
Requirements for Registering a Child
To be eligible for a registration application, your child must be:
Under 18 years old when the application is made, and
Considered to be of ‘good character’ if they are over 10 years old, i.e. have not committed crimes or posed a threat to society
The below considerations will be given to any application you submit to register your child:
Both of their parents’ nationality and immigration status
Both of their parents’ views
How long they have lived in the UK for
Where their future is likely to be
Whether they are free of restrictions regarding being in the UK
If you are not sure whether your child is eligible to register for citizenship, our immigration team can advise you on the requirements and assist you with your application.
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All children under the age of 18 and over the age of 6 must provide fingerprints and photos of their face together with their registration application.
Documents You Must Provide
In addition to their biometric information, you will also have to submit additional documentation alongside the application, including evidence of their identity such as a passport, birth certificate, or driving licence.
Your child’s history and your heritage will determine what other documentation you have to provide. For more information, contact our immigration team today.
How to Apply
We can assist you with choosing the most appropriate route for your circumstances to apply for your child’s citizenship.
You can fill in the form yourself, however, we always advise that you seek the help from a specialist solicitor who will go through it in detail to check for any mistakes which could mean your child gets denied citizenship.
The current application fee for registering a child is £1,012.
Why Choose Us?
Our specialist Immigration solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your Registration application. They will discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed.
Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements. Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of immigration and Citizenship matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your case and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome.
How to Get in Contact
Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.
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