Allow children born out of wedlock citizenship through their British fathers

Posted on July 28, 2010


Currently, only British mothers and married British fathers are able to pass on their citizenship, by descent, to their children. The one and only group left out of their birthright are children born before 1 July 2006 to unmarried British fathers.
There is a registration system put in place for fathers to register their minor children for UK citizenship. However, it is being misused by immigration officers. There are numerous news stories about children shut out of British citizenship because an immigration officer refused to register an illegitimate child’s birth. Once that child reaches the age of 18, they are exempt from the opportunity to acquire British citizenship.