You can apply to register your under 18 child as British citizen by using Form MN1, if one of their parents is British citizen or applying to become British.

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. Children born in the UK
  3. Children born outside the UK
  4. Good character requirement for British citizenship
  5. Our fee for British citizenship application
  6. Do you need legal help?

Overview

Children who are under the age of 18 years (minors) can apply to the Home Office for registration as British citizens by using (MN1 Application) under the British Nationality Act 1981. Depending upon your circumstances, the child can apply for registration under the below sections of the BNA 1981;

  • Section 1 (3) birth in the UK to parents who are now settled in the UK or have become British citizens;
  • Section 1 (3A) birth in the UK to parents who have joined the armed forces;
  • Section 3 (1) child whose parents are applying for British citizenship;
  • Section 3 (2) birth abroad to parents who are British by descent and have lived in the UK or a British overseas territory;
  • Section 3 (5) birth abroad to parents who are British by descent but are now living in the UK or a British overseas territory;
  • Section 3 (1) children adopted abroad by British citizen parents;
  • Section 3 (1) children whose parents had renounced and subsequently resumed British citizenship;
  • Section 3 (1) any other case not listed below where it is considered to be in the child’s best interests to be granted British citizenship;
  • Section 4D birth abroad to parents serving in the armed forces

Once a child has reached the age of 18 they will have to apply for naturalisation instead by using form AN.

We are expert in dealing with child registration 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 so that we can advise you if you are eligible to apply for registration.

Children born in the UK

Children are entitled to registration under section 1(3) of the British Nationality Act 1981 if:

  • they were born in the UK
  • they were not British citizens at birth because at the time neither parent was a British citizen or settled
  • while they are minors either of the parents has since become a British citizen or settled in the UK
  • they are under the age of 18 on the date the application is received
  • they are of good character if over the age of 10

Registration under section 1(3) gives British citizenship otherwise than by descent.

Children born outside the UK

Children are entitled to registration as a British citizen under section 3(5) of the British Nationality Act 1981 if:

  • they were born outside the UK
  • at the time of the birth they had a parent who was a British citizen by descent
  • they are under the age of 18 when the application is made
  • the child and both of their parents were in the UK at the beginning of the 3 year period ending with the date of the application
  • the child and both of their parents have not been absent from the UK for more than 270 days in that 3 year period
  • the consent of both parents is given to the application
  • children aged 10 or over on the date of application are of good character

There is no discretion to accept a longer period of absence than 270 days in the 3 years before the date of the application.

Good character requirement for British citizenship

A child aged 10 or over must satisfy the good character requirement to succeed in his application for registration as a British citizen. 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.

Our fee for British citizenship application

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

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £700 for our professional legal services in relation to application for 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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