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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 4:49 am
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Sorry for posting in the NZ forum, but I was hoping you folks would be able to help me.

I'm an NZer and my husband is British. We now live in NZ which is where our daughter was born.

Am I correct in thinking that she will automatically qualify for UK citizenship / passport?

We're planning a trip back in the next year and I just want to be organised early.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 6:23 am
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Quick post here.
It may be simpler to get her an NZ passport.
I will have a read about the UK thing though.
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 7:41 am
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You need JAJ's input, anyone else's on this subject is second best.

<However> I <think> she is entitled to claim British Citizenship by descent but you have to apply for it as she was born outside the UK. So kind of not automatic if you see what I mean.

Agree simpler to get a NZ passport and you may want to do that anyway.

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Old Apr 3rd 2013, 3:06 am
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You can get a british passport by decent, think its 3 generations ie. if your grandparent(s) were born in UK - but agree probably easier to get NZ one now and apply for a british one later if you need it. YOu can have duel citizenship.
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Originally Posted by marblep View Post
Sorry for posting in the NZ forum, but I was hoping you folks would be able to help me.

I'm an NZer and my husband is British. We now live in NZ which is where our daughter was born.

Am I correct in thinking that she will automatically qualify for UK citizenship / passport?

Depends on whether the British parent was born (or naturalised) in the United Kingdom, normally. If he or she got British citizenship some other way, then probably not automatically.

Has he thought about becoming a New Zealand citizen?

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Yes you can ruin your daughters life now by obtaining a British passport for her

I think you'll have to apply using your husband as the main applicant. Your daughter is lucky that she can obtain two passports NZ and the UK.
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