For children born after 1 July 2006 to a British father whilst the mother was married to someone else, the Home Office have issued new guidance on how to register that child as a British citizen.
Here’s what you need to know.
(Updated as of 01 May 2020)
“You can apply for registration if you meet all the requirements below:
- you would have become a British citizen automatically if your mother had not been married to someone other than your natural (biological) father
- you have never been a British citizen
To apply under these provisions, you will need to prove your relationship with your natural father. To do this you will have to provide evidence of paternity.
If you can provide genuine and reliable documents, we will recognise a man as your father in the following circumstances:
- He is named as your father on a birth certificate issued within one year of your birth, or
- A DNA test report shows he is your father, or
- A court has ruled that he is your father, or
- you can provide other evidence that is sufficient to establish paternity.
Additionally, you will be required to:
- conduct a biometric enrolment
- provide the necessary documents
- provide proof of paternity
- be of good character”
Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider. The application form can be found here.
For more information on registering as a British citizen, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.
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