Registration is the only way in which children can become British and is also used for adults in special circumstances. It is necessary for those over ten years old to be of good character, but it is not necessary to demonstrate knowledge of the language or of life in the UK. One example of the use of registration is to address problems created by discrimination in the past. For example it is now possible for people born to certain British mothers between 7 February 1961 and 1 January 1983 to register as British. At the time when they were born, only British fathers could pass on their nationality to children born abroad. This discrimination was removed in 1983, but the effects of the historic different treatment remained, as indeed they still remain for people born abroad to British mothers before 7 February1961.
Some changes to the categories of people eligible for registration, notably the children of serving members of the Armed Forces, children born outside the UK to British citizens "by descent", British Nationals (Overseas) who have no other citizenship or nationality and the children of British mothers, whenever they were born, were included in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009. These changes took effect on 13 January 2010.
Different British Nationalities
To complicate matters further, there are many forms of British nationality, in addition to British Citizenship. For example, British Overseas Territories Citizenship, or the status of being a British Subject or a British National (Overseas). Unlike British Citizenship, these other forms of British nationality will not normally give you a right to live in the UK, although they may be a step on the road to becoming a British Citizen and also give you a wider range of opportunities to make immigration applications, for example applications based on UK Ancestry.
Whatever your case may be we can help you to find which application best suits your circumstances.