If you are planning to apply for registration for British Citizenship for your child under the age of 18, you will need to use Form MN1. In this article, we will explain all you need to know about child registration as a British citizen using Form MN1.
Acquiring British Citizenship will offer your child considerable benefits and advantages. They will have the ability to live, work, and study in the UK without any immigration restrictions for the rest of their life. Your child will also be able to apply for a British passport, allowing them to travel freely worldwide and return to the UK. British Citizenship will also give your child the opportunity to grow up as an integral part of their wider and local community.
You will need to complete and submit a paper Form MN1 if you currently live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory and your child is under 18 and qualifies for British Citizenship through birth or adoption.
Even if you do not fall within this category, can also use the paper form if you prefer.
However, the majority of eligible applicants use the online form as this is the easiest method of application and you do not need to send in original documents when applying online.
UKVI’s guidance further clarifies that Form MN1 should be used for citizenship applications under any of the following sections of the British Nationality Act 1981:
Before completing the application process for British Citizenship for your child, it is important to check that you are using the correct application form.
If your child is now 18, they will need to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen using Form AN instead. Remember, if you use the wrong form, your application may be refused, and you may lose your application fee. There are several other application forms for British Citizenship; hence if you are unsure which form to use, speak to an immigration Solicitor who can advise you.
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It is not always necessary to register a child for British Citizenship. You will not need to register your child if they are automatically a British Citizen, for example:
Your child may also have acquired British Citizenship automatically if they were born in the UK and you are an EEA or Swiss national. This will depend on when they were born and your immigration status at the time of their birth.
A child will be entitled to register as a British Citizen under the British Nationality Act 1981 if they were (please note this list is not exhaustive):
A child under 18 years may also be eligible to register as a British citizen at the discretion of the Home Secretary if (not exhaustive):
In addition, a child may be able to successfully register as a British citizen if there are exceptional circumstances which mean it is in the best interests of the child to be granted British Citizenship. This is referred to as a ‘discretionary decision’ and will be based on the circumstances of the child. The Home Office will take into account their connections to the UK, the immigration status of the parents, how long the child has lived here, the good character of the child, and whether there are any compelling circumstances.
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