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Registration of a child adopted outside the UK

Our client was a British citizen resident in the Philippines since 2005. He married in 2011 and adopted his wife’s son. The adoption was done in the Philippines. It took close to two years and was completed in 2013. It was supervised by the social services in the Philippines and was carried out with competence and due diligence. At the time we were instructed to register the boy as a British citizen he was 17 years of age. It was his only chance to apply for British nationality.

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Applications for naturalisation are easy. What can possibly go wrong?

I was recently helping a client with an application for permanent residence. When the application was approved, the client qualified to apply for British citizenship, and I asked if we could help with this next application. To my dismay, he told me that citizenship is easy – why would he need legal help? Or do I think it is complicated? I did not think it was complicated and yet, even uncomplicated matters can go awry. I am always a bit lost for an answer when clients ask me if they can do things without me. It is like asking a

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Capparrelli (EEA Nationals – British Nationality) – Is British citizenship precarious?

British citizenship has never been a question of black and white, yes or no, British or not British. There have always been subtleties and nuances and, if we think of Citizens of UK Colonies (CUKCs) or British Overseas Citizens, one may even suspect some form of duplicity about the concept. A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal in the case of Capparrelli (EEA nationals – British citizenship) [2017] UKUT 00162 has created a microearthquake which has sent to shambles any certainty for non-indigenous Brits, especially for those who were born in the UK to EEA national parents. Background facts of

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British citizenship for EU national children – entitlement or a matter of discretion?

Not every child born in the UK is a British citizen by birth. But every child can be registered at the discretion of the Secretary of State. The Home Office should not be confused as to the basis for exercise of discretion. It is not “exceptionality” that has to be addressed, but the child’s best interests and the child’s most probable place of residence in the foreseeable future.

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Brexit from an immigration lawyer’s perspective

Brexit will affect us all, independently of background, migrants or not, Europeans or Africans. From an immigration lawyer's perspective, my strong recommendation for EU nationals is to apply for a document certifying permanent right of residence. It was not, and still is not, mandatory to have this document. However, it became of considerable value in November 2015 when a new rule made it mandatory to hold this document before applying for British citizenship.

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I was born in London on March 1981. My parents are both Japanese. They worked in London but left the UK 3 years after my birth and never came back again. I am resident in Japan. Am I entitled to British citizenship?

As you were born in the UK prior to 1st January 1983, you are British citizen at birth as long as your parents were not in the UK as diplomats. They do not need to have had Indefinite Leave to Remain. You do not need to naturalise or register as British. And you can apply for a British passport.

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British citizenship for children adopted outside the UK

Nationality law relating to children adopted overseas is quite complex and it is always a good idea to consult with an expert as early as possible. Children adopted in the UK by order of a UK court become British citizens at the time of adoption if one of the parents is a British citizen. Children adopted by British citizens overseas may in limited circumstances also become British citizens automatically, or may be registered as British citizens at the discretion of the Secretary of State. This is a brief guide prepared as a starting point on the subject which does not

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Naturalisation

Naturalisation is the most common way of applying for British citizenship by adults, i.e. anyone over the age of 18. Naturalisation involves an oath of allegiance to the Queen and requires the intention to have one’s principal home in the UK. If you are looking for information about the acquisition of British citizenship by a person under the age of 18 you may wish to read the page on registration of children. Statutory provisions for applications for naturalisation can be found in the British Nationality Act 1981. Policy guidance documents are published on the government portal. How to apply for

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British citizenship

British citizenship is an ultimate form of belonging to British society. It will give you an entitlement to vote in referendums and general elections and entitlement to apply for a British passport. British citizenship is granted for life and is not lost as a result of absence from the UK for any length of time. It may be revoked if obtained by deception or following a serious conviction. Acquisition of British citizenship by birth Any person born in the UK before 1983 is British by birth. Their birth certificate showing the place and date of birth is an acceptable proof

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