Eligibility for Registration as a British Citizen Diagram

For a Child Born Outside the UK on or after 1 January 1983 (sections quoted are those of the British Nationality Act 1981)

NOTES

If there is no immediate or future entitlement, it may be possible to register the child at discretion under s.3(1)

Note 1. For a definition of "parent" see Home Office's Chapter 6 Annex F

Note 2. Absences from the British overseas territories (or, in the case of paragraph 4 of Schedule 2, the United Kingdom and the British overseas territories) of up to 270 days during these three year periods are permitted.

Note 3. The Home Secretary has discretion, in the special circumstances of a particular case, to accept an application up to six years after the child’s birth.

Note 4. "The family" means the child, the father and the mother, unless:

• the child is illegitimate and was born before 1 July 2006, in which case it means the child and the mother; or

• either parent is dead, the parents’ marriage is terminated, or the parents are legally separated at the time of the application, in which case it means the child and one of the parents.

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