Back to table of contents How can a child born in the UK apply for British Citizenship if the child has lived in the UK from birth until aged 10? This section explains how children born overseas to British Citizens can acquire British Citizenship. For them, while under 18, they should be included on their parents’ ILR application and subsequent naturalisation application. We would greatly appreciate some advice on citizenship routes for a child born outside of the UK to parents who are now British by descent. Registration as a British citizen under section 3(5) of the British Nationality Act And. If over 18 then they apply on their own. But they may be able to register their child as a British national. A UK family visa, is the type of visa you will need if you want to enter and remain in the UK to live with a family member for more than 6 months. From 1 July 2006 onwards this is not an issue, and there is now a route whereby children born before 1 July 2006 with an unmarried British father can register as a British national. Before 1 July 2006 a British man could not pass on citizenship to a child born outside the UK if he was not married to the child’s mother. - Son entered the UK as a dependent on his father’s ancestral visa in May 2017. If a child was born before 1 July 2006 and their parents were unmarried, then the child could only become a British national if their mother was a British citizen. Contents: The British Nationality Act 1981 British Citizenship By Descent Or Otherwise Children born outside the UK/qualifying territory UK Children of parents in Crown and similar services Children who will not be British citizens List of Crown and services They will normally qualify if they Similarly in Wales, 14.7% of babies had at least one non-UK-born parent in comparison with 14.8% in 2017. Our situation can be summarized as follows: - Son born in South Africa in Sept 2015 at the time to non-British parents. If your child has a British birth certificate then applying for a UK passport is slightly more straight-forward, you continue with your application as normal, but if either parent were born outside of the UK or do not currently hold a British Passport, each parent who this effects must send either: Table 7a provides the number and percentage of live births where one or both parents were born outside the UK, for all local authority areas in England and Wales. If a child born outside the UK is not automatically a British citizen when they are born, it may be possible to register them as a British citizen. Children born before 1 July 2006 to unmarried British fathers can apply for registration as a British citizen under sections 4G – 4I of the British Nationality Act 1981. Section 3 of the British Nationality Act 1981 sets out the circumstances when this may be possible. A child can register to become a British Citizen if they were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1943 and neither parent was a British citizen or settled at that time. The Law. Born outside the UK or stateless If at least one of your parents is a British citizen You might automatically be a British citizen depending on when you were born and your parents… A parent who is a British citizen by descent cannot normally pass their citizenship to children born outside of the UK. For children born outside the UK, the parents’ status is what counts. British citizens who have parents living outside the United Kingdom can take them to the UK through the Parent Visa, which falls under the Family visa category.