Children who will not be British citizens

If you or your spouse is a British citizen by descent, but neither of you is a citizen otherwise than by descent and:

  • your child was born outside the UK or,
  • on or after 21 May 2002, outside the UK and outside the qualifying territories

the child will not be a British citizen at birth unless you are, or your husband or your wife is, a British citizen in one of the types of service listed at the end of this section. Your child will need to be registered as a British Citizen if the conditions for registration are met.

See registration section on this website.