Thursday, 22 October 2015
What is the difference between ‘born British’ and ‘not British at birth but can be registered’?
‘Born British’ means you are a British citizen at birth and can just apply for a UK passport (passport book).
Registration means applying to the Home Office immigration department to be accepted as a British citizen, having met the specified requirements by law (ie it can’t be done by everyone), paying a fee (currently main fee £749), submitting the required supporting documents, waiting for a decision and then, if it’s successful, being given an official certificate (Certificate of Registration). Only after this can you apply to the Passport Office for a UK passport (passport book).
We also have a post about children and grandchildren born abroad to British expats: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.pt/2015/10/children-born-outside-uk-to-british.html
Another post is on ‘other way around’ situations, when a child is born in the UK to foreign parents: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/why-are-some-parents-being-told-your.html
Furthermore, our most popular ever post Child born in the UK: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/child-born-in-uk-does-heshe-need-visa.html
And if you didn’t know that before 1983 only British men (but not women) could pass their nationality to the children, you may this post interesting, particularly if you were born before 1983 to a British mother and are still not British. You may be able to register now. This is a testimonial from a client who has done it through us and the post also describes how it works: http://1st4immigration-visas.blogspot.pt/2014/10/new-successful-case-and-testimonial-on_27.html