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Old 16th February 2020, 06:17 PM
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My wife has won approval at tribunal for a spouse visa. She is expecting a baby which will be born before we are able to move to the UK. I am British (born abroad to a father in the Armed Services). We would like the baby to have British citizenship.

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As my wife has approval for a spouse visa, will the newborn baby (about 2 months old we expect) be able to travel to the UK using a travel document or will he/she have to have a passport? Can we get a British passport in such a short time or will we have to apply for a local passport?

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Are you British by descent, or otherwise? Because if you have to register your baby as British before they're eligible for a passport, it will take longer, especially from overseas

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Yes, I am British by descent. Thanks for your input.

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However, I should add that my father was in the British Army and I was born abroad. I think this is referred to as a consular birth but I'm not sure if this is stated on my birth certificate.

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One more thing. The country we are currently living in, Sudan, doesn't have biometric testing. The nearest test site is Egypt. If we decide that we don't want to apply for Sudanese citizenship for our child, would that make it easier to apply for British citizenship?

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Yes, I am British by descent. Thanks for your input.
British by descent means you cannot automatically pass on British citizenship to your children. So, at this stage you cannot apply for a passport for your child.

Children born to parents who are British by descent have no automatic claim to
British citizenship. Applications may be made through entitlement under section 3(2)
or section 3(5) if children satisfy the requirements for registration. Or they may apply
at the Home Secretary’s discretion under section 3(1) if there are compelling or
exceptional reasons for registering a child as British. The exception to this broad rule
is where a child is born abroad to one or more parents who are in Crown service or
service designated for this purpose or in Community institution service. In this case,
the child will be a British citizen otherwise than by descent. To qualify, the parent
must have been recruited in the UK and have been sent to serve abroad. Designated
service is agreed by Parliament. A list of designated service is available on our
website.

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I think I may have misunderstood 'by descent'. I was born British, the child of a British man and a British woman, both of whom were born in Britain. I have only ever been British. Does that mean I am 'otherwise than by descent' or 'by descent'? Very confusing.

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I think I may have misunderstood 'by descent'. I was born British, the child of a British man and a British woman, both of whom were born in Britain. I have only ever been British. Does that mean I am 'otherwise than by descent' or 'by descent'? Very confusing.
Where and when were you born?

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I was born in Jordan. My dad was serving i the British Army there.

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I was born in Jordan. My dad was serving i the British Army there.
When? Was your father a member of the British military and was stationed in Jordan?


Was he married to your mother at the time?

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