Children and British Citizensh

Children and British Citizenship

South Africans who obtained British Citizenship are often unsure what the case will be with their children born in the UK. Will the child automatically receive British Citizenship, and what will the case be regarding South African citizenship?

Children and British Citizensh

Below we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about the issue.

Q: My wife and I have recently obtained British Citizenship. We are planning to have a baby, and want to find out whether this child will automatically receive British Citizenship?

A: The answer regarding British citizenship is that it will depend on where the child will be born. If the child is born in Britain (i.e. British by birth), he/she will automatically be British, and the parents can simply apply for a British passport as soon as the child is born.

If the child is born outside of the UK (i.e. British by descent), the application will have to be made through the British High Commission in the country where the child is born.

Q: My husband is British, and I have dual citizenship – South African and British. I am expecting a baby, and we would like for the child to also have South African citizenship. Will this be possible?

A: If the parents hold dual nationality, South African and British citizenship, the child will also be able to apply for SA citizenship. The parents will need to register your child’s birth at the South African High Commission if born in the UK. This must be done shortly after the birth. If the child is born in South Africa, the parents must simply register the birth at the Department of Home Affairs. or