You can apply for registration as a British citizen if you were born in the UK after 1 January 1983 and have continuously lived in the UK for first 10 years of your life. Such application for registration as a British citizen is made under Section 1(4) of British Naitonality Act 1981 using application form T. The applicant can apply for registration as a British citizen using form T even if the applicant has turned over 18. Most applicants would apply for registration as a British citizen soon after their 10th birthday in the UK. The child's residence in the UK can be lawful or unlawful during the relevant 10 years period after his/her birth in the UK.

Our specialist team of immigration solicitors can provide expert advice and representations for your application for registration as a British citizen.

Eligibility Requirements

To register as a British citizen you must:

  • have been born in the United Kingdom; and
  • have been born on or after 1 January 1983; and
  • be 10 years of age or over; and
  • have spent no more than 90 days outside the United Kingdom in each of the first 10 years of your life.

It may be possible for the Home Office UKVI to make an exception to the requirement to have spent fewer than 90 days outside the United Kingdom. If you have exceeded this number of days but believe there are special circumstances, you should explain these on your application form. Registration under section 1(3A) gives British citizenship otherwise than by descent.

Evidence Required For Form T Application

Applications for registration as British citizen under section 1(4) must be supported by the following evidence:

  • applicant’s full birth certificate to confirm that they were born in the UK and that they are 10 years or over on the date of application
  • evidence of residence to cover the first 10 years of the applicant’s life.

The evidence of residence will differ for the different periods of a child’s life and therefore the following documents must be provided:

  • aged up to 5 years:
    • passport or travel documentomedical records
    • vaccination records
    • doctors’ letters
    • personal child health record (red book)
    • letters from child’s nursery
  • aged 5 to 10 years:
    • letters from child’s school confirming attendance
    • passport or travel document for the full 10 year period to confirm absences during the period.

Parental Consent

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 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.

Discretion To Allow Excess Absences In The First 10 Years Of A Child’s Life

Section 1(7) of the British Nationality Act 1981 gives discretion to allow absences of more than 90 days in any one or more of the first 10 years of the person’s life. Home Office UKVI may normally waive excess absences if:

  • the number of days absent from the UK in any one of the years does not exceed 180 days and the total number of days over the 10 year period does not exceed 990 days
  • the number of days absent exceeds 180 or 990 respectively but was due to circumstances beyond the family’s control, such as a serious illness.

The Home Office UKVI will not waive excess absences over 180 days in a single year or 990 days in the 10 year period where:

  • the applicant was unaware of the requirements
  • the parents’ absences with the child were entirely voluntary

How Can We Help?

Our expert team of nationality law solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can represent you in your application for registration as a British Citizen and carry out all the work on your British Citizenship application until a decision on your application is recieved from the Home Office UKVI. As part of our professional legal services in relation to your application for registration as a British Citizen, our specialist team of immigration solicitors will carry out the following immigration casework:

  • We will assess your eligibility for registration as a British Citizen by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history;
  • We will advise  you on the chances of success in your application for registration as a British Citizen and would draw your attention to any weaknesses in your application;
  • We will advise you on the list of documents to be submitted in support of your application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • We will assess all the supporting documents to ensure that the documents you provide duly satisfy the Home Office UKVI requirements for registration as a British Citizen;
  • We will complete the relevant application form online for your registration as a British citizen, submit the same online, help you pay the Home Office UKVI fee for the application and schedule your appointment with the application centre for enrolment of your biometrics;
  • We will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the application explaining in detail your eligibility for registration as a British Citizen by referring to all the relevant information, documents, laws and requirements;
  • We will upload all the supporting documents online to be considered in support of the application including our cover letter prepared to suppport your application;
  • We will carry out all the work on your application for registration as a British Citizen until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI on your application.

How Much We Charge?

Unless your application is very complicated, our fees for an application for registration as a British Citizen are given in the fee table below: 

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for registration as a British Citizen £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for registration as a British Citizen to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your registration application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for registration application, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the registration application.