Under section 3 (1) of the British Nationality Act 1981, a child under the age of 18 (minor) may be registered as a British Citizen on discretionary basis. The Home Office can take into special circumstances which can become basis for the Secretary of State for the Home Office Department to exercise discretion in favour of the applicant and register the applicant as a British Citizen. An application for registration of a minor as a British Citizen is made using application form MN1.

According to the Home Office Guidance, the Home Office would normally expect a child seeking registration as a British citizen under s.3(1) to have completed a period of residence in the UK because:

  • it is consistent with nearly all the other provisions under which children can be registered as British citizens; and
  • it enables a child to establish personal connections with this country; and
  • it helps to confirm that a child's future clearly lies in the UK.

The Home Office, UKVI can also consider in all cases whether there are particular circumstances which would justify registration of a minor who does not meet the residence requirement.

Furthermore, the Home Office normally expects a minor to be free of conditions of stay because the future of a child whose stay is restricted does not clearly lie in the UK. However, if one or both parents are British citizens who have come to the United Kingdom to live permanently, then this may be less important.

Children and young people over the age of 10 are required to be of good character to be registered under section 3(1).

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For Your Child's Application For Registration As British Citizen Under Section 3(1)?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications of minors for registration as British Citizen under section 3(1) of the BNA 1981. 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 child's 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 child's application for registration as a British Citizen under section 3(1), 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 child's application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Discussing your child's Form MN1 application for registration as a British Citizen in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your child's British Citizenship application;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your child's application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Considering the contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your child's British Citizenship application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing Form MN1 to apply for registration of your child as a British Citizen and discussing the same with you;
  • Advising you about two referees who have to complete and sign your child's application form as referees to meet the good character requirement;
  • Certifying all yours and your child's original documents as true copy of the original including yours and your child's 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 child's application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your child's British Citizenship application and responding to any further information and/or documents required by the Home Office in support of your child's application;
  • Protecting your child's interests while his/her British Citizenship application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress of your child's 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 child's application by the Home Office, UKVI.

Our Fee For Your Child's Application For Registration As A British Citizen Under Section 3(1)

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,000 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your child's application for registration as a British Citizen under section 3(1). The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your child's 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 child's 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 child's 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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