Applying for a british passport for my baby

Cristelle - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello British mums (not moms!!)

I am a British citizen living as a permanent resident in the states with my American husband and we have just had a baby (4 weeks ago). I am wondering how to get him a British Passport? Is he automatically a British citizen or do I have to register him somewhere? Can he have dual passports with the states and do I have to report it anywhere in the states?

I have printed out the C-2 passport form (Application for United Kingdom Passport for applicants under 16) - does anyone know if this is the correct form?

Thanks and great commuity!

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Novelette - posted on 04/06/2011

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You are correct! You can have dual citizenship for the USA and UK. I am British my son is American and I am applying for his British Passort as well.

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Jane - posted on 04/18/2011

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Maybe I was not clear about dual citizenship. When you become a US citizen you relinquished all rights to Britain - do you not remember the little speach you had to repeat back with your hand held high?!. However, Britain will never let you relinquish your rights so in essence you really are still a dual citizen, because basically Britain will never let you give it up no matter what you repeated back at the ceremony. And sure you can have both passports, but don't try to use them both while travelling to and from the US. But if you travel on the British passport make sure you have all your back up paperwork to get back into the US. Makes sense just to use the US one really.

Laura - posted on 04/02/2011

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whoever posted that the US doesn't recognise dual citizenship is totally wrong. I am British and a US citizen. I can have both passports. I have wanted to get my sons British birth certificates, but at this moment cannot afford it.

Jane - posted on 02/07/2011

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Your baby is automatically a British citizen because you are. You can get him a British passport no problem. However, the US does not recognize dual citizenship so you cannot have dual passports - one or the other. It is probably easier to get US passports while living in the US (but if you decide to get the UK one you have the right form). Just know that the kids can return to the UK at anytime in their lives and live as a citizen there no problem. You probably know all this by now as you posted these a few years ago, but thought I would point it out anyway for anyone browsing this community.

Angela - posted on 10/25/2010

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Cristelle - Did you ever get the passport sorted out?? I trying to figure out if I can get one for my two youngest. I'm British and my husband is from the US

Rabaab - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hello, I am also a British Citizen, but a permanent residence in Switzerland. My husband is Indian. I have two children.. Both of my children have British passports. Basically Cristelle, the rules of the British embassy are that: One of the child's parents has to be British. So say in my case, even though my husband is Indian, as I am a British Citizen I am allowed to apply for a British Passport.. Yeah the C2 form is the correct form. You need to send:



Your passport - original,

Your full birth certificate - this is to prove that you are actually british and you were born there..

Your child's birth certificate - you should have one by now right.

Passport photos.



The British embassy say that you can have dual nationality but it depends on the other country. e.g. in my case, I wanted my children also to have indian nationality, but the indian embassy state to me that if my kids have indian passport they cannot have British so that is why they do not..



You will have to wait till your baby has a birth certificate. You do not have to register him anywhere, just get a birth certificate from the american authorities there and the British embassy will give you a passport..

Rabaab - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hello, I am also a British Citizen, but a permanent residence in Switzerland. My husband is Indian. I have two children.. Both of my children have British passports. Basically Cristelle, the rules of the British embassy are that: One of the child's parents has to be British. So say in my case, even though my husband is Indian, as I am a British Citizen I am allowed to apply for a British Passport.. Yeah the C2 form is the correct form. You need to send:



Your passport - original,

Your full birth certificate - this is to prove that you are actually british and you were born there..

Your child's birth certificate - you should have one by now right.

Passport photos.



The British embassy say that you can have dual nationality but it depends on the other country. e.g. in my case, I wanted my children also to have indian nationality, but the indian embassy state to me that if my kids have indian passport they cannot have British so that is why they do not..



You will have to wait till your baby has a birth certificate. You do not have to register him anywhere, just get a birth certificate from the american authorities there and the British embassy will give you a passport..

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