Born in the UK on 30 April 2006 onwards

Whether you’re a British citizen depends on where your parents were from and their circumstances. There are different rules if when you were born:

  • at least one of your parents was a British or Irish citizen
  • at least one of your parents was a citizen of an EU or EEA country
  • neither of your parents was a British, Irish, EU or EEA citizen

You’re automatically a British citizen if you were adopted by a British citizen in a UK court.

If at least one of your parents was a British or Irish citizen when you were born

You’ll be a British citizen if when you were born at least one of your parents was either:

  • a British citizen
  • an Irish citizen living in the UK

If the parent that meets these conditions is your father and you were born before 1 July 2006, he must have been married to your mother when you were born.

If at least one of your parents was a citizen of an EU or EEA country when you were born

You’re automatically a British citizen if when you were born all of the following applied to at least one of your parents:

If the parent that meets these conditions is your father and you were born before 1 July 2006, he must have been married to your mother when you were born.

If you’re not a British citizen and you live in the UK, you’ll need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to carry on living here after June 2021.

Countries that are in the EU or the EEA (other than the UK and Ireland)

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland were in the EEA by 20 April 2006.

Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU on 1 January 2007.

Croatia joined the EU on 1 January 2013.

If your parents were not British, Irish, EU or EEA citizens when you were born

You’re automatically a British citizen if when you were born at least one of your parents was living in the UK and had any of the following:

  • indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
  • right to re-admission
  • right of abode

If the parent that meets these conditions is your father and you were born before 1 July 2006, he must have been married to your mother when you were born.

You’re also automatically a British citizen if at least one of your parents was in the UK armed forces and you were born after 12 January 2010.

You can check if your parents had ILR, right of abode or right to re-admission.