You must register your child’s birth according to the regulations in the country where the child was born. They will give you a local birth certificate.

Once you’ve done this you may be able to apply to register the birth with the UK authorities.

You don’t have to do this, but it means:

  • you’ll get a UK-style birth certificate for the child
  • you’ll have proof that the child is a British citizen
  • the birth will be recorded with the General Register Office in the UK

A locally-issued birth certificate should be accepted in the UK for all purposes, eg applying for a passport, registering with a school or doctor etc. It might need to be translated and certified if it’s not in English.

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