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Just a question out of curiosity really. But i am British i was born in Germany ( both parents were British. My dad was in the army and was posted out in Germany at the time of my birth) . Anyway i had my son in Canada in 2010 me and he dad were married before he was born so i know he is British/Canadian. When we came over to the UK i just used his Canadian passport and told the guy at passport control that he was here to stay permently. He said nothing just stamped his passport and that was it. Now we have been in the UK for almost a year. He is registered at the doctors and i collect child benefit for him. Was i actually supposed to register him over here. I did look into it once whilebibwas out in Canada but important sure i read that because he was born in Canada i didn't need to.

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Just a question out of curiosity really. But i am British i was born in Germany ( both parents were British. My dad was in the army and was posted out in Germany at the time of my birth) . Anyway i had my son in Canada in 2010 me and he dad were married before he was born so i know he is British/Canadian. When we came over to the UK i just used his Canadian passport and told the guy at passport control that he was here to stay permently. He said nothing just stamped his passport and that was it. Now we have been in the UK for almost a year. He is registered at the doctors and i collect child benefit for him. Was i actually supposed to register him over here. I did look into it once whilebibwas out in Canada but important sure i read that because he was born in Canada i didn't need to.
It would have been better for you to have obtained his British passport prior to leaving Canada. I'm a bit surprised the immigration officer didn't quiz you further, because normally you need British passport as proof of your right of abode. What does the stamp in his passport say? Yes, your son is a dual British-Canadian national because you are British otherwise than by descent by virtue of your father's crown service (armed forces).

As for what to do, nothing urgent really. If you like, esp if you are thinking of travelling internationally, you can apply for his British passport in the normal way by completing passport application and enclosing photos and supporting documents such as his birth certificate and your birth and marriage certificates. If the passport agency want further documents, they will ask you. Phone the passport helpline at 0300 222 0000 about who can countersign application, as you may not have any professional person in UK who has personally known you for two years who isn't a relative. There is no need to register (you can't, in fact) as he is already registered for birth in Canada, and it's accepted here.

Is your husband living with you, and does he have appropriate visa for UK?

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Hi Joppa. I was surprised that he didn't say anything. We were going to apply for his British passport but we had to some out here at short notice and wouldn't have got it in time. The stamp in his passport is the usual 6 months no recourse to public funds or work stamp. My husband has just joined us on his spouse visa

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Hi Joppa. I was surprised that he didn't say anything. We were going to apply for his British passport but we had to some out here at short notice and wouldn't have got it in time. The stamp in his passport is the usual 6 months no recourse to public funds or work stamp. My husband has just joined us on his spouse visa.
Right. So they stamped your boy's passport as a visitor without asking further questions? Very odd. They shouldn't have done that if they knew he was a dual national, and they should have queried you about the absence of British passport.

In any case, just follow my advice about getting his British passport. Do phone the helpline as you may have a few issues to discuss (not about his Canadian passport and his visa status in UK, but about your birth in Germany and countersignature).

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Thanks Joppa. Will do that now.

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