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Immigration rules: Children born in the UK

We usually get questions regarding children who have been born in the UK to immigrants or who migrated to the UK whilst they were still young.

When a child is born in the UK, they do not automatically become British by birth. A child born in the UK to a person who has permission on the Private Life route can apply for permission for the same duration as their parent.

If a child is born to a foreign parent who is on a Visa other than indefinite leave to remain, that child takes the nationality of their parent/s.

Once a child has been in residence in the UK for seven years, the child immediately qualifies for immediate settlement as part of the Private Life route. This is called the 7-year rule. There is more information available on the government website.

The parent(s) can apply for their child to be a British Citizen after these seven years. Alternatively, the child can become a British citizen when the parent obtains Citizenship, whichever comes first.

If a child is born in the UK and they are now ten years old or above, subject to meeting immigration requirements, they will be entitled to register as a British citizen.

It’s important to remember that for children, British Citizenship is not an automatic status by birth.

Tann Law Solicitors can assist with immigration matters for parents and children. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation at 02477 632 323.

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