You may be eligible to apply for Registration as a British citizen (entitlement or discretionary), if you do not qualify for British citizenship automatically.

There are different ways of becoming a British citizen. Some people can 'register' as one. Registering as a British citizen is usually simpler than becoming naturalised, but you must be eligible.

We are expert in dealing with British citizenship applications and if instructed will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Please contact expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for child registration application as a British citizen by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history. So that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any adverse personal or immigration history.

Page Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Good character requirement for British citizenship
  3. What is British citizenship application processing time?
  4. Our fee for British citizenship application
  5. Do you need legal help?

Overview

If you do not qualify for British citizenship automatically or not entitled to registration, you may be eligible to apply for Registration as a British citizen on a discretionary basis if it is in the best interest of the child under section 3 (1) of the British Nationality Act 198. The chances of success are generally based on the evidence and assessment of child’s circumstances in particular if the future of the child clearly lies in the UK and UK by all means is the centre of the child’s life.

We are expert in dealing with such applications and if instructed will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI. Please contact expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for registration as a British Citizen under section 3 (1) so that we can advise you on the chances of success.

Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Apart from allowing a child to apply for a British citizen passport, British citizenship gives them the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of their local community as they grow up. For the application to succeed, you will need to show that the child satisfies any requirements that are set out in British nationality law.

There are several ways to become British citizens through registration. The most common routes have been described below.

A person may be eligible for British citizenship if:

  • A person born before 1983 to a British mother (Form UKM).
  • A person born before 1 July 2006 whose parents were not married (Form UKF).
  • A person born on or after 1 July 2006 who did not become British as their mother was married to someone other than their natural father (UKF(M)).
  • A person have certain other types of British nationality (Form B(OS)).
  • Ordinarily resident in Hong Kong immediately before 4 February 1997 (Form EM).
  • A stateless person.

Good character requirement for British citizenship

An applicant for British citizenship must satisfy the good character requirement to succeed in his application. The British Nationality Act 1981 does not define good character. However, the Home Office UKVI guidance sets out the types of conduct which must be taken into account when assessing whether a person has satisfied the requirement to be of good character. Consideration should be given by the Home Office caseworker to all aspects of a person's character, including both negative factors, for example criminality, immigration law breaches and deception, and positive factors, for example contributions a person has made to society.

What is British citizenship application processing time?

The general processing time for a British citizenship application is 3-6 months. If your application is approved, you will receive an invitation to attend a Citizenship ceremony to obtain your Certificate of Naturalisation.

Sometimes it may take longer for the Home Office to decide your application due to the complexity of the matter or if there are further enquiries to be made.

Our fee for British citizenship application

Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of British citizenship by registration application process including advice about legal requirements, eligibility criteria and required documents.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £800 for our professional legal services in relation to application for registration as a British citizen. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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