British Citizenship for Children
Applying for British Citizenship for Children
A child (ie someone under the age of 18) can apply for registration as a British citizen in various circumstances, for example:
- They were born in the UK and their parent(s) become British or settled after they were born.
- Irrespective of their parents’ nationality or immigration status, they were born in the UK, they lived in the UK until at least the age of 10, and they did not spend more than 90 days per year outside the UK during the first ten years of their life.
But registration of children as British citizens is more flexible than naturalisation or registration for adults, and the Home Office exercises discretion about this.
Any child who lives in the UK, even if they were not born in the UK, can apply for registration as a British citizen on a discretionary basis. If their parent(s) are British or settled in the UK, and the child’s future is likely to be in the UK, the application may succeed. And, with an older child, the longer they have lived in the UK the stronger the application is likely to be.
There is no English language or citizenship ceremony for children but the application must be endorsed by two referees.