Register Child as British Citizen After 10 Years
You can register a child as a British citizen after 10 years of residence if the child is born in the UK and whose parents are not British or settled in the UK.
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Register Child as British Citizen After 10 Years
You can make an application using the FORM T to register your child as a British citizen after 10 years of residence if the child is born in the UK and whose parents are not British or settled in the UK.
If you are looking for a British citizenship solicitor for legal advice & help with your British citizenship application to register your child as a British citizen after 10 years of residence, then look no further. Speak to our UK nationality and British citizenship solicitors to apply for British citizenship and find out whether your child meets the eligibility requirements.
No matter where you live, our solicitors in Manchester provide Naturalisation and British citizenship related services nationwide.
Child registration for British citizenship
According to the Section 1(4) of the British Nationality Act 1981, a child born in the UK whose parents are not British or settled in the UK shall have an entitlement to register as a British citizen provided that in each of the first ten years of the child’s life, the number of days spent outside the UK does not exceed 90.
If you want to Register a Child born in the UK as British Citizen after 10 years of residence then speak to our immigration solicitor for eligibility assessment.
Eligibility criteria to register a child as a British citizen
The eligibility requirements to register a child born in the UK as a British citizen after 10 years of residence are as below
To be registered under this section you must:
- have been born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983;
- be 10 years of age or over;
- have spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in each of the first 10 years of your life;
- be of good character.
In special circumstances, the Home Secretary may make an exception to the requirement that the applicant must not have been absent from the UK for more than 90 days in any of the first 10 years.
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
What are the residence requirements?
To satisfy the residence requirements you should not have been absent for more than 90 days in each of the first 10 years of your life.
There is discretion to disregard absences in excess of the limits. Home Office will normally waive excess absences:
- if the number of days absence from the UK in any one of those years does not exceed 180 days, and the total number of days absence over the 10-year period does not exceed 990 days
- (if the number of days absence exceeds 180 in any one year or 990 over the 10year period) the excess absence was the result of circumstances beyond your control (such as serious illness)
What is the good character requirement?
To be of good character you should have shown respect for the rights and freedoms of the UK, observe its laws and fulfilled your duties and obligations as a resident of the UK. Checks will be carried out to ensure that the information you give is correct.
You must give details of all criminal convictions both within and outside the UK. These include road traffic offences. Fixed penalty notices (such as speeding or parking tickets) must be disclosed, although will not normally be taken into account unless:
- you have failed to pay and there were criminal proceedings as a result
- you received 3 or more fixed penalty notices at any level
- in the past 3 years, you received 2 or more fixed penalty notices, at least one of which was at the upper levels (fine of £200 or more).
Your application may also be refused if you have evaded immigration control in the last 10 years or helped someone else to evade immigration control or employed illegal workers, at any time.
What documents are required to register a child as a British citizen after 10 years?
You will need to use Form T to register your child as a British Citizen after 10 years of residence in the UK.
You will need to submit the following documents in support of your application for registration of a child as a British citizen after 10 years of residence:
- Child’s full UK birth certificate (showing the parents’ details);
- Child’s passport(s) which cover the 10-year period.
- Proof of residence in the UK for the first 10 years of your child’s life;
- If you are self-employed and do not pay tax through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) arrangements, we require your most recent H.M. Revenue & Customs SelfAssessment statement of account.
What parental consent is required for the Form T application?
As the applicant has an entitlement to be registered as a British citizen if the requirements in Section 1(4) are met, the absence of parental consent (in cases where the applicant is a minor) should not be a reason for refusal. It is good practice to gain the consent of all those with parental responsibility for the child and it should normally be requested, but this is not mandatory. If the consent is not gained it is not a reason for refusing the application.
British citizenship fee waiver for children under 18
On 26th May 2022, the Home Office published a new policy “Citizenship fee waiver for individuals under 18”.
It allows applicants under the age of 18 who are eligible to register for British citizenship to have their applications fee waived if they cannot afford the Home Office British citizenship application fees.
Do you need a solicitor for registering a child as a British citizen?
UK immigration & nationality laws are a complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration & nationality law(s) and eligibility criteria.
So, it is highly recommended to seek professional legal advice from a UK based firm of solicitors that has experience in dealing with Naturalisation or British citizenship applications before you apply.
Solicitor fees for registering a child as a British citizen
For an application for registering a child born in the UK as a British citizen after 10 years, our British citizenship solicitors charge £700-£1000 plus VAT. The agreed fixed-fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.