If you do not qualify for British citizenship automatically, you may be eligible to apply for Registration as a British citizen, either by way of an entitlement or on a discretionary basis.
Can I apply for British Citizenship by Descent through Registration?
In order to be registered as a British citizen, you will need to meet certain statutory criteria with regard to your immigration status under section 4(2), 4(5), 4A and 4B of the British Nationality Act 1981. The requirements for British Citizenship by Registration vary slightly depending on when you were born, where you were domiciled, your immigration status and how the British Citizenship may be passed down to you.
Requirements for the British Citizenship by Descent through Registration
In order to be entitled to register as a British citizen, you will need to satisfy the Home Office that you meet one of the following requirements:
You may also be entitled to be registered as a British citizen if you have previously renounced British citizenship, you are of full capacity, and your renunciation of British citizenship was necessary to enable you to acquire or retain some other citizenship or nationality.
If you are not entitled to be registered as a British citizen you may still apply for registration on a discretionary basis:
The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to our expert immigration lawyers for legal advice.
What else do I need to know about British Citizenship by Descent through Registration?
If a person is aged 10 or over when they apply for registration as a British citizen, the Secretary of State must be satisfied that the person is of good character. Although the Supreme Court has declared the good character requirement to be incompatible with Convention rights in relation to some applications for registration, the statutory requirement currently remains in place.
Applications for registration on a discretionary basis, particularly as a child, can be challenging. Before applying on this basis it can be helpful to consider the merits of the application, both in principle and in regard to the evidence available. One particularly relevant factor for children is often whether their future can clearly be seen to lie in the UK.
If you are over 18 when your application for registration as a British citizen is successful, you will have to attend a registration ceremony. At the end of the ceremony you will be presented with your certificate of registration as a British citizen.
Making a British Citizenship by Descent through Registration application with OneLaw Chambers
At OneLaw Chambers, our immigration solicitors and barristers regularly assist with British Citizenship by Descent through Registration applications in order for applicants to remain and settle in the UK. We have assisted many foreign national applicants to prepare and submit successful British Citizenship by Descent through Registration applications and we have represented clients from all over the world.
Whether you require expert immigration advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent immigration assessment of your prospects of qualifying for British Citizenship by Descent through Registration or professional immigration representation with preparing your British Citizenship by Descent through Registration application, our immigration solicitors and barristers can help you.
We are committed to ensuring that our immigration solicitors and barristers prepare every immigration visa application with utmost quality and skill so that successful outcome is achieved every time. Our immigration solicitors and barristers operate in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide our clients with the best client care and service during the entire immigration application process.