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Britinnewtaipei Sep 27th 2020 3:08 am

British citizenship for child born in Taiwan to Brit dad?
 
My daughter will be born in just a few weeks, and I wish for her to get her British citizenship and passport as soon as possible. I, the father am a British citizen, born in the UK and lived there for 17 years. The mother is a Taiwan national. The child will be born in Taiwan, and by default will be a Taiwan national with a Taiwan passport. I am married to the mother, so my name will be on all the child's documents. Am I right in thinking my child is eligible for British citizenship, and if so, what is the process for applying, and what is the time frame for these types of applications?

Thanks in advance!

BritInParis Sep 27th 2020 5:26 pm

Re: British citizenship for child born in Taiwan to Brit dad?
 
Hi Britinnewtaipei, welcome to the forum.

Your daughter will automatically be a British by descent. You need only to apply her British passport however I would highly recommend consular birth registration.

https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports

https://www.gov.uk/register-a-birth

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Briti..._Registration_

steve0084 Sep 27th 2020 5:37 pm

Re: British citizenship for child born in Taiwan to Brit dad?
 

Originally Posted by BritInParis (Post 12915036)
You need only to apply her British passport however I would highly recommend consular birth registration.

Can I ask why you recommend this?

BritInParis Sep 27th 2020 7:04 pm

Re: British citizenship for child born in Taiwan to Brit dad?
 

Originally Posted by steve0084 (Post 12915043)
Can I ask why you recommend this?

Have a read of the wiki article I linked to but essentially it’s a permanent record of both her birth and entitlement to British citizenship lodged with the General Register Office in the UK. Taiwanese documents may be hard to get hold of in the future or may prove to difficult to get accepted by the authorities when she is using her British passport.


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