Routes for applying to register a minor child as a British citizen
Routes for applying to register a minor child as a British citizen

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Routes for applying to register a minor child as a British citizen
  • Eligibility table
  • Recent cases
  • Parental consent
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • Good character requirement
  • Biometric information
  • Fees
  • Grant of British citizenship
  • Challenging a refusal

Applying to register a minor child as a British citizen is only necessary if the child has not automatically acquired British citizenship. Before an application is made, checks should be carried out to ensure that the child does not fall within one of the automatic acquisition categories. For information on these, see Practice Note: Who is a British citizen (automatic acquisition)?

Some registration applications are made by entitlement and others are considered at the discretion of the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD).

A person must be under 18 years old on the date of application for them to be registered as a British citizen using the registration provisions applicable only for minor children.

The date of application is the date the application is received by the Home Office.

Once a person reaches the age of 18, they must apply for British citizenship as an adult, either by registration where they have eligibility to do so as an adult, or by naturalisation. Where a provision allows for registration as both a minor child and an adult, this is indicated in the eligibility table below. For further information, see Practice Note: Routes for applying to register an adult as a British citizen.

Eligibility table

Provision and description