You can apply to register your child as British if you meet all the Home Offices criteria. Theyll consider things like:
- if you and your child plan to live in the UK - if you or your child plan to live abroad their application might be refused
- how long your child has lived in the UK - if theyre over 13 years old, they usually need to have lived in the UK for 2 years before you apply
- your childs immigration status - theyll usually be refused if they dont have indefinite leave or permanent residence
- the immigration status and nationality of you and your childs other parent
Your immigration status and nationality
You can apply to register your child as British if one of their parents is British or applying to become British.
Your childs other parent must either be British or settled in the UK. If their other parent has an immigration status that will lead to settlement, your childs application might still be successful.
Youre settled in the UK if you:
- have settled status from the EU Settlement Scheme
- have indefinite leave
- have right of abode
- have permanent residence
- are an Irish citizen living in the UK
If youre British and your child doesnt have regular contact with their other parent, the other parents immigration status doesnt matter.
If youre applying for citizenship for yourself and youre not sure your application will be successful,talk to an adviser.
Apply to register your child
Youll need to apply to register your child as British using form MN1. Its important that you read the form MN1 guidance in full on GOV.UK before you apply. It costs over £1,300 to apply and if your application is refused, you wont get your money back.
You can apply to register your child for citizenship using form MN1 on GOV.UK.