You will be entitled to register as a British Citizen if:

  1. you were born before 1 July 2006;
  2. you would have become a British citizen automatically if your mother had been married to your natural (biological) father;
  3. you have never been a British citizen;
  4. the Secretary of State is satisfied that you are of good character.

The law has been written in this way to ensure that those who would have become British citizens automatically before 1 July 2006, if their parents had been married, now have an opportunity to become British citizens by registration. The law also allows for the registration of a child who would have had an entitlement to registration under sections 1(3), 3(1), 3(2) or 3(5) of the British Nationality Act 1981 had the father been married to the mother (Section 4F).

You can meet the fourth requirement above if:

  • You were born on or after 1 January 1983 and would have become a British citizen automatically had your parents been married at the time of your birth (section 4G of the British Nationality Act 1981), or
  • You were born before 1 January 1983 and were a citizen of the UK and Colonies on 31 December 1982 and would have become a British citizen automatically had your parents been married at the time of your birth (section 4H of the British Nationality Act 1981).
  • You were born before 1 January 1983 and would have become a British citizen on 1 January 1983 had your parents been married because:
    • You were a British subject before 1 January 1949, and would have automatically become a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies on that date had your parents been married at the time of your birth, or
    • You became a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies on or after 1 January 1949 and lost that status on the independence of a Commonwealth country, but would not have done had your parents been married at the time of your birth, or
    • You never acquired British subject or CUKC status, but would have automatically done so had your parents been married at the time of your birth (Section 4I of the British Nationality Act 1981).

To apply under these provisions you will need to prove your relationship with your natural father. To do this you will have to provide evidence of paternity. If you can provide genuine and reliable documents, we will recognise a man as your father in the following circumstances:

  • He is named as your father on a birth certificate issued within one year of your birth, or
  • A DNA test report shows he is your father, or
  • A court has ruled that he is your father, or
  • You can provide other evidence that is sufficient to establish paternity.

If your parents married after your birth you may already be a British citizen. This will depend on which country’s laws applied to your father at the time of the marriage. Some countries’ laws – including the UK - state that where a child’s parents marry after the child’s birth, the child will be treated as if the parents had been married at the time of the birth.

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For Your UKF Application For Registration As British Citizen?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with UKF applications for registration as British Citizen. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen, the casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Discussing your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your British Citizenship application;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Considering the contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your British Citizenship application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing form UKF to apply for registration as a British Citizen and discussing the same with you;
  • Advising you about two referees who have to complete and sign your application form as referees to meet the good character requirement;
  • Certifying all your original documents as true copy of the original including your passport(s) so that you can continue to travel while the application for British Citizenship is pending with the Home Office;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your British Citizenship application and responding to any further information and/or documents required by the Home Office in support of your application;
  • Protecting your interests while your British Citizenship application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress of your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your UKF application by the Home Office, UKVI;

Our Fee For UKF Application For Registration As A British Citizen

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,200 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your UKF application and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on your UKF application for registration as a British Citizen. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.

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