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Q: British Citizen Registry

https://www.gov.uk/register-british-citizen

 

 

669 pound per child - is this for real? It seems like an exorbitant amount of money for a simple bureaucratic registry. And the benifits seem absent, since the consulate also commented: "If your children already have Chinese birth certificates, it’s optional whether or not you decide to obtain British birth certificates for them, and does not impact qualification for a British passport." What's the effin' point then? Any Brits in the know, help me figure it out?

5 years 15 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - China

 
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I got one for our daughter, and yup, its expensive. I got it because the rules might change, what with all the antii immigration stuff going on in the UK. It least she has that bit of paper that says she is entitled to UK citizenship. If it comes to her taking UK citizenship some junior clerk cant deny her it....because the Government has already said she is entitled to it. I suppose its as close as you can get to dual nationality here.

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It says, you MAY be eligible... I see what you did there.
And this is the webpage that helps us determine eligibility. One big fat MAYBE.

Overview
There are different ways of becoming a British citizen. Some people can ‘register’ as one.

Registering as a British citizen is usually simpler than becoming naturalised, but you must be eligible.

You may be eligible if:

you have another form of British nationality
you were born before 1 January 1983 to a British mother
you were born to a British father, even if he was not married to your mother
you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983
you’re under 18 and don’t fit into the other categories
you have a connection with Gibraltar or Hong Kong
you’re stateless
As well as belonging to one of these groups there are other eligibility rules for each category.

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Yeah, I ended up not getting one for my son because they said you don't really need it. You can still get citizenship later without it. You might want to get a certificate of entitlement as it lasts for 5 years and lets your child study and when older work.

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What's the 'secret' registry I heard many Brits talk about? You know, the one avoiding the loss of Chinese citizenship? I also asked about that, but the consulate seems to have overlooked a couple of my questions. Also the one asking where/how I can register my marriage.

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Guardian has an article today:

'Brexit would make 2m Britons abroad illegal immigrants overnight – Grieve':

 

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/18/dominic-grieve-brexit-2m...

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I am a British subject. My wife is Chinese and has US citizenship, so is she entitled to British citizenship?

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