Guidance

Children born outside the UK: British citizenship

Information to explain if British citizens can pass on their citizenship to their child born outside the United Kingdom on or after 1 January 1983.

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British citizenship - children born outside the UK since 1 January 1983

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This guidance explains whether British citizens can claim British citizenship for their child born outside the United Kingdom. It includes information about:

  • children born in a British overseas territory
  • children born outside the United Kingdom to British citizens otherwise than by descent
  • children who are born outside the United Kingdom to British citizens by descent
  • registering your child as a British citizen
Published 6 August 2015
Last updated 16 September 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.
  2. First published.