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Helping you to understand the rules

Westkin Associates’ team of London based immigration solicitors are on hand to assist you with all types of immigration law. With over 16 years experience we have worked across a wide number of cases and have built up the knoweldge, experience and ability to carefully advise on all types of cases. We tailor our approach on a case by case basis meaning that our advice is based explicitly on your circumstances, increasing the likelihood of recieving the decision you want.

Contact our team of immigration solicitors on 0207 118 7868, via or via the Enquiry Box on this page. We are here to help you!

Do you have a case?

If your child was born in the UK he or she may be eligible to apply to register as a British Citizen. The British Nationality Act 1981 provides various routes through which your child could acquire citizenship depending on your personal circumstances.

Outline of Criteria

The two fairly straightforward routes to registration as a British Citizen are:

• If you (as the parents of a child born in the UK) have now become British Citizens or are settled in the UK your child will be entitled to register under section 1 (3) of the Act.
• If your child was born in the UK on or after 01 January 1983 and has lived in the UK for the first 10 years of their lives your child will be entitled to register under section 1 (4) of the Act.

Discretionary applications for citizenship (section 3(1))

If your personal circumstances do not fit into any of the above, applications can be made to register a child under Section 3(1) of the British Nationality Act. These applications are made on a discretionary basis.

From 01 July 2006 if your child

It used to be the case that a child was unable to obtain citizenship through his or her father if the father was not married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth. This has now changed and from 01 July 2006 and you can apply for registration of your child as a British Citizen at the disctrion of the Home Office. Citizenship will usually be granted if certain criteria is met, namely, that paternity of the child is proved, consent from all those with parental responsibility is obtained and either the childwould have an automatic claim to citizenship or entitilement to register under 1(3), 3 (2) or 3 (5), orthe child would normall be registered under 3(1)

If as parents you are applying for British Citizenship, your child may also be registered as a British Citizen if he or she does not fit into the criteria of 1(3) or 1(4). Citizenship will be granted if both parents are granted citizeship or one has a citizenship and the other has settled status.

Children who are born in the UK and whose parents are not British Citizens nor settled may apply for citizenship. This may be granted at the discrtrion of the Home Office

How can Westkin assist with your application?

• Take full instructions from you about your life in the UK with your child
• Explain the Immigration Rules and relevant case law in relation to children resident in the UK for 10 years
• Advise on the merits of an application
• Advise in relation to the documentation required to prove 10 year continuous residence, genuine and subsisting parental relationship and reasonableness test
• Submit detailed submissions to support the application

Contact our immigration solicitors today on 0207 118 7868, via email on or using the Enquiry Box at the top of this page. Our expert teams can answer your questions, advise as to the strength of your application and assist you in all areas of your application.


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