Acquiring British Citizenship Automatically
Although many people who desire to become British national will initially need to make an application to register or naturalise, specific individuals will automatically get British nationality at birth.
Now let’s continue the video talk about the routes of getting British citizenship
Number 1. Born in the UK
Under the British Nationality Act 1981, an individual born in the UK between 1 January 1983 and 30 June 2006 can become a British citizen automatically if, at the time of their birth, at least one of the following applies:
Their parents are wedded and one of the parent is a British citizen
Their parents are married and one or the other parent is settled in the UK
Their mother is settled in the UK
Their mother is a British citizen
Those born in the UK on or after 1 July 2006 will automatically be a British citizen if at the time of their birth either parent is a British citizen or either parent is settled in the UK. The parents do not need to be married if the child is born on or after this date.
NUMBER 2. EEA Nationals
Where a person held permanent residence under the EEA Regulations at the time of their child’s birth and have applied for EU Settled Status before 30 June 2021, the good news is that their child will also automatically be British.
The kids of those who were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020 and have Settled Status will also automatically be British if born in the UK.
Number 3. Born outside of the UK
Please keep in mind that, Under section 2(1)(a) of the British Nationality Act 1981, an individual born outside of the UK on or after 1 January 1983 will be a British citizen automatically if at the time of their birth, either parent was a British national ‘otherwise than by descent’.
A person will be British ‘otherwise than by descent’ if they naturalised or recorded as British or if they were born in the UK to British parents.
Individuals who get British nationality under Section 2(1)(a) of the British Nationality Act will be taken into account to be ‘British by descent’ and would only be able to hand their British citizenship to any children born in the UK.
Alternative routes of getting British citizenship automatically
Previously we have discussed about the most common ways in which a person will acquire British citizenship automatically. There are alternative routes of acquiring British citizenship automatically which cover people whose parents were serving in the armed forces or who were adopted. Individuals born before 1 January 1983 may also have automatically attained British citizenship in specific conditions.
Getting a British passport
People who automatically get British citizenship are not obligated to register or naturalise as British and can as an alternate apply directly for a British passport. Please keep in mind that applications for British Passport can be made from inside and outside the UK.