You can apply for registration as a British citizen if you were born to British father  before 1 July 2006 and your mother was not married to your father at the time of your birth. Our specialist team of immigration solicitors can provide expert advice and representations for your application for registration as a British citizen.

Eligibility Requirements

You will be entitled to register as a British Citizen if you meet the following elgibility requirements as set out in British Nationality Act 1981:

  1. you were born before 1 July 2006;
  2. you would have become a British citizen automatically if your mother had been married to your natural (biological) father;
  3. you have never been a British citizen;
  4. the Secretary of State is satisfied that you are of good character.

The law has been written in this way to ensure that those who would have become British citizens automatically before 1 July 2006, if their parents had been married, now have an opportunity to become British citizens by registration. The law also allows for the registration of a child who would have had an entitlement to registration under sections 1(3), 3(1), 3(2) or 3(5) of the British Nationality Act 1981 had the father been married to the mother (Section 4F).

You can meet the fourth requirement above if:

  • You were born on or after 1 January 1983 and would have become a British citizen automatically had your parents been married at the time of your birth (section 4G of the British Nationality Act 1981), or
  • You were born before 1 January 1983 and were a citizen of the UK and Colonies on 31 December 1982 and would have become a British citizen automatically had your parents been married at the time of your birth (section 4H of the British Nationality Act 1981).
  • You were born before 1 January 1983 and would have become a British citizen on 1 January 1983 had your parents been married because:
    • You were a British subject before 1 January 1949, and would have automatically become a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies on that date had your parents been married at the time of your birth, or
    • You became a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies on or after 1 January 1949 and lost that status on the independence of a Commonwealth country, but would not have done had your parents been married at the time of your birth, or
    • You never acquired British subject or CUKC status, but would have automatically done so had your parents been married at the time of your birth (Section 4I of the British Nationality Act 1981).

Proving Relationship With Biological Father

To apply for registration as a British citizen on the above said basis, you will need to prove your relationship with your natural father. To do this you will have to provide evidence of paternity. If you can provide genuine and reliable documents, Home Office UKVI will recognise a man as your father in the following circumstances:

  • He is named as your father on a birth certificate issued within one year of your birth, or
  • A DNA test report shows he is your father, or
  • A court has ruled that he is your father, or
  • You can provide other evidence that is sufficient to establish paternity.

Parents Got Married After Your Birth

If your parents married after your birth you may already be a British citizen. This will depend on which country’s laws applied to your father at the time of the marriage. Some countries’ laws – including the UK - state that where a child’s parents marry after the child’s birth, the child will be treated as if the parents had been married at the time of the birth.

How We Can 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.