# Securing UK Citizenship for Your Child Born Abroad: A Guide for Global Assignees

So you’ve moved to the United Kingdom and have a child on the way! Maybe you’re working here temporarily, or you’re a permanent resident. Whatever the case, you’re probably wondering about the process for securing UK citizenship for your child born to one or both parents who live abroad.

Don’t worry—it’s nothing to be intimidated by. In this guide, we’ll walk through the steps you need to take for securing UK citizenship for your child born abroad. Read on to learn about registering your child’s birth and go through different qualification criteria for parents living in the UK and abroad.

## Registering Birth Abroad
The first step is to register your child’s birth. Depending on the circumstances, you have three different methods to choose from: registering at the British Embassy or High Commission, registering at a consulate in the foreign country, or registering with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

### Registering at the British Embassy or High Commission
If both parents are living in the same foreign country, you can register your child’s birth at the British Embassy or High Commission located in the foreign country. You will need to register within 15 days of the birth and provide the Embassy with the following documents:

– Your child’s original birth certificate
– Your child’s original copies of your and your spouse’s passports
– Your child’s original copies of your and your spouse’s marriage certificate (if applicable)

### Registering Your Child at a Consulate
If you and your spouse are living in different countries, you may choose to register your child’s birth at a consulate in the foreign country where your baby was born. You will need to provide the following documents to the consulate:

– Your child’s original birth certificate
– Your child’s original copies of both parents’ passports
– Your child’s original copies of both your and your spouse’s marriage certificate (if applicable)

### Registering Your Child with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
If you cannot register your child’s birth through the British Embassy or a consulate, you can register with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This can be done by filling out the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies’ birth registration form and sending this to the FCO along with the following documents:

– Your child’s original birth certificate
– Your child’s original copies of your and your spouse’s passports
– Your child’s original copies of your and your spouse’s marriage certificate (if applicable)

Once the FCO has received all the documentation, they will then forward it to the relevant Embassy or High Commission who will then register the birth.

## Qualifying Criteria
Now that you’ve registered your child’s birth, the next step is to apply for UK citizenship.

### Parents Who Are British Citizens Living in the UK
If you or your spouse are a British citizen living in the UK, then you will need to provide the following information and documentation to the UK Home Office:

– Your child’s full birth certificate
– Your passport and your spouse’s passport
– Two passport photos of your child
– Proof of your UK address (e.g. a utility bill)
– Your child’s original baptism certificate
– Any additional supporting documents, if applicable

The Home Office will then assess these documents to determine if your child is eligible for naturalization as a British citizen.

### Parents Who Are British Citizens Living Abroad
If you or your spouse are British citizens living abroad, then you will need to provide the following information and documentation to the UK Home Office:

– Your child’s full birth certificate
– Your passport and your spouse’s passport
– Two passport photos of your child
– Proof of your and your spouse’s British citizenship (e.g. passport or birth certificate)
– Your child’s original baptism certificate
– Any additional supporting documents, if applicable

Similarly to applying for naturalization for a child born in the UK, the Home Office will assess these documents to determine if your child is eligible for naturalization as a British citizen.

## securing British Citizenship for Your Child
Once you have submitted all the relevant documents, the UK Home Office will assess them to determine if your child is eligible for naturalization as a British citizen. If your child is successful, you will receive a formal invitation letter which must be responded to within 28 days of the invitation.

In your response, you will be asked to provide evidence of your and your spouse’s UK immigration status. If you or your spouse are living abroad, you will need to provide proof that one of you is a UK citizen.

After agreeing to the invitation letter, you can expect to receive a decision within 6-8 weeks. The Home Office will either approve your application or reject it.

## FAQs

**Q. What documents are needed to register my child’s birth?**
A. You will need to provide the British Embassy, consulate, or FCO (depending on the circumstances) with your child’s birth certificate, passport copy of both parents, and if applicable, marriage certificate copy of both parents.

**Q. How long does it take to receive a decision on UK citizenship for my child?**
A. It typically takes 6-8 weeks to receive a decision from the Home Office on whether or not your child is eligible for UK citizenship.

**Q. What is the process for securing UK citizenship for my child if I or my spouse are British citizens living abroad?**
A. You will need to submit your child’s full birth certificate, passport copies of both parents, two passport photos of your child, proof of your and your spouse’s British citizenship, baptism certificate of your child, and any other supporting documents to the UK Home Office. You will then receive a formal invitation letter which must be responded to within 28 days. After agreeing to the invitation letter, you can expect to receive a decision within 6-8 weeks.

## Conclusion
Securing UK citizenship for your child born abroad is not as complicated as it seems. With the right paperwork and knowledge, you can easily obtain a UK passport for your child. So, don’t be intimidated—this guide can help you understand what documents and steps you will need to take in order to apply for UK citizenship for your child. Good luck!

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