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Children born from unmarried parents may still have a claim for British citizenship

Illegitimate children of British fathers born before 2006 are now able to claim British citizenship

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BIC is delighted to be able to inform clients that there is a very exciting change in the UK Immigration law coming into place on 6 April 2015.

Before 1 July 2006 a child could only obtain citizenship through his or her father if the parents were married. The law was however changed on 1 July 2006 to allow a person to acquire citizenship through his or her father, irrespective of whether the parents were married, subject to proof of paternity of course.

That change however was not made retrospectively applicable, meaning individuals born before July 2006 still did not benefit.

In essence it meant if you were born before July 2006 and your father was a British citizen, he could not pass on citizenship to you unless your parents were married.

This is being rectified now as the new provisions will create a registration route for those born before 1 July 2006 who would have become British citizens had their parents been married.

It therefore no longer matters whether or not your parents were ever married to each other, you may still have a claim for British citizenship through your father, and an especially strong claim if your father was born in the UK, or naturalised to become a British citizen.

For more information, or to apply to register as a British citizen under these circumstances, please contact your BIC consultant today. or