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Challenging Decisions Refusing ‘Adult Dependant Relatives’ Entry Clearance to the UK

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British Citizenship Registration

There are many circumstances under which a person may be entitled to register for British Citizenship. Registration is a simpler method of acquiring citizenship than naturalisation, but only certain people are eligible for it.

Registration is normally reserved for children under 18 in the following circumstances:

  • Children born in the UK where a parent obtains British citizenship or indefinite leave to remain after the child is born
  • Children born in the UK who live in the UK until age 10.
  • Children born to a British father who is not married to the mother
  • Certain children born outside the UK to a British citizen
  • Children under 18 who are adopted outside the United Kingdom by British citizens
  • Children for whom the Secretary of State is willing to exercise his discretion to grant nationality.

However, adults in the following circumstances may also be entitled to be registered as British Citizens:

  • Persons born outside the UK to a British born or naturalised mother
  • British Overseas citizens, British subjects, British Nationals overseas and British protected persons
  • Persons who have no other nationality

In some cases, citizenship can be gained through registration as a matter of right provided all the requirements are met. However in most cases registration is a discretionary decision and the criteria for these decisions are not fully set out in the legislation.