Not every child born in the UK will automatically be able to claim British citizenship by birth.

A child does not automatically become a British citizen when born in the UK if at least one of its parents aren’t British citizens. If a child is born in the UK, to one/both British parents, they will automatically be a British citizen.

If a child is born outside the UK to one or more British parents, they will need to register their British Citizenship status. This is a simple and straightforward process which allows the individual to access their British passport and full rights as a British citizen.

How can IAS help?

We can guide you through the process of British citizenship by birth. Your assigned lawyer will work one-on-one with you to assess your eligibility, discuss any issues you are having and guide you through the registration process. Call now on +1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form to speak with an immigration expert.


Can a child who is born in the UK get British citizenship by birth?

A child born in the UK to a British parent will gain British Citizenship automatically by birth.

If a child is born in the UK to non-British parents who then gain settled status, the child can register for British Citizenship.

How can a child become a British citizen?

A child can become a British citizen through the process of registration.

This applies if the child was born outside the UK to at least one British parent, or if a child was born inside the UK to non-British parents who are then granted settled status.

What can I do for my child born in the UK to non-British parents?

A child who is born in the UK to non-British parents does not have a right to British Citizenship as of 1983.

However, if the child’s parents gain settled status after the birth, the child becomes eligible for British Citizenship through registration.

Can do I get a British passport for my child born in the UK?

If a child born in the UK is eligible for British Citizenship by descent then they can apply for a passport straight away through the website.

If a child is born in the UK to non-British parents who gain settled status once the child has been born, the child will need to register as a British citizen. After they have done this, they can then apply for their British passport.

More on the British passport application process.

What services does IAS offer?

Our expert lawyers can help you through the process of gaining British Citizenship.

As part of our service, your lawyer will:

  • Assess your eligibility for British Citizenship by examining your circumstances and ancestry;
  • Assist you through the process of registration or naturalization as a British citizen;
  • Provide a full document check;
  • Compile all your documentation into an organized application portfolio;
  • Write a Letter of Representation, which pleads your case to the Home Office and sites relevant case-law when necessary;
  • Complete and submit your application on your behalf;
  • Liaise with the Home Office and UKVI whenever necessary.

To arrange a consultation and discuss your citizenship options with one of our advisers, call us on +1844 290 6312 or make an online inquiry to request a free call-back.

Our British Citizenship Packages

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to you, with written confirmation


Application Package

Full assistance throughout your entire application process


Fast Track Package

A premium service which allows your application to take priority position in your lawyer's workload


Appeal Package

Full representation through your appeal, including physical representation if your case is heard by a tribunal


A few of

our experienced

immigration lawyers

Case studies

We are very proud that we have changed so many of our client’s lives for the better. Here are a few of their stories:

Yuma: Tier 4 Student Visa

Yuma, a Japanese National, was accepted as a student in her chosen UK university. She was unclear about the process of coming over to the UK so she contacted… Read More

Guy: Switching from Tier 4 to Tier 1

Guy was an international student about to finish his university course and had his sights set on starting a company in the UK. His spare time was very limited and… Read More

Parents Visiting in the UK

Harriet is dual Canadian-British Citizen who was currently living in the UK. She needed guidance on whether her Canadian Citizen parents would need a visa to enter the UK… Read More

Tobin: EEA Permanent Residency Card

Tobin, a German National, split his working days between the UK and Germany. However, due to Brexit, Tobin was unsure about his ability to work in the UK in the… Read More

Terence: Tier 1 Visa

Terence, an Australian investor, found several investment opportunities in the UK. He was unclear about his immigration options and contacted IAS. Working closely with our specialist lawyer, he was able… Read More

Shinya: Tier 2 Work Visa Application Assistance

Shinya, a Japanese National, was offered a placement in a UK based company. The company already held a Sponsorship Licence and was able to give Shinya a Certificate of… Read More

Latest reviews

I am very please to say I have seen by SAIMAH RAZZAQ For some very important legal advice, I am… Read More
Mohammed H
Dedicated and knowledgeable legal advisers and lawyers, making sure the clients are acquiring the highest level of understanding on their… Read More
So far so good. I was contacted promptly as promised and given sound, clear advice that has given me confidence… Read More

Latest news

PERM Labor Certification: Requirements and Eligibility Read More