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Is My Daughter Eligible for British Naturalisation or Citizenship Based on My Status?

Question from Elias, Is My Daughter Eligible for British Naturalisation or Citizenship Based on My Status?

Answer from AI:

The eligibility for British citizenship or naturalisation for a child can depend on several factors, including the immigration status of the parents at the time of the child’s birth.

British Citizenship by Descent or Otherwise

In general, a child born in the UK to a parent who is a British citizen or ‘settled’ in the UK is automatically a British citizen. ‘Settled’ means that you have either Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or the right of abode in the UK.

However, if your daughter was born in 2014 before you received your ILR, she would not automatically be a British citizen.

Registration as a British Citizen

If a child was born in the UK but did not automatically become a British citizen, they may be eligible to register as a British citizen. This can be done under section 1(3) of the British Nationality Act 1981 if:

  • The child was born in the UK
  • The child was not a British citizen at birth because at the time neither parent was a British citizen or settled in the UK
  • Since then, one or both parents have become British citizens or settled in the UK

In your case, since you received ILR and later became a British citizen, your daughter may be eligible to register as a British citizen.

Legal Advice

It’s important to note that this is a general explanation and may not cover all the nuances of your situation. Immigration law can be complex and the consequences of making a mistake in an application can be serious. Therefore, it’s recommended that you consult with a legal professional who specializes in UK immigration law for personalized advice.

You can find more information on the UK government’s website or consult with organizations like the Citizens Advice Bureau for further guidance.

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