Registration as a British citizen
It is possible for adults and children to register as British citizens, although it is more common for children.
There are different ways for a child to register as a British citizen, depending on whether they were born in the UK or outside the UK.
There are several ways that children born in the UK can apply to register as British citizens:
If one parent becomes a British citizen or gets indefinite leave to remain
You can register to become a British citizen if:
- you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983;
- you’re under 18 when you apply;
- one of your parents becomes a British citizen or gets indefinite leave to remain in the UK after you were born;
- If you are over the age of 10 you must be of good character.
A person who lived in the UK up to the age of 10
A person who is born in the UK and who lives in the UK for the first 10 years of their lives can apply to register as a British citizen. You must be able to show that you were born in the UK and that you lived your first 10 years in the UK. Normally, you must show that during each of those 10 years you did not spend more than 90 days outside the UK.
You can apply under this route even if you are an adult now and you must show that you are of good character.
It is advisable to seek specialist immigration advice when preparing an application for British citizenship. At HS Immigration Consultants we have many years’ experience of helping people complete this final step and become British citizens.
If you would like to contact us about your case and to discuss how we can help you, please call us on 0121 698 2187. Alternatively, you can email us at email@example.com.
You can also use our free immigration advice service (this is suitable for general enquiries about immigration requirements).