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soko121 Jul 7th 2011 2:58 am

Which Passport for my kids??
 
Hello,
I am a British Citizen living in US on Green Card, my wife is American, our 2 young boys were both born here. I wish to take them home and need passports, anyone know the best way to go about this, do i apply for US first as they were born here, or apply for British as they are my children, I would like them to have dual citizenship . What is the way NOT to go about it, any info appreciated!
Simon

ian-mstm Jul 7th 2011 3:42 am

Re: Which Passport for my kids??
 

Originally Posted by soko121 (Post 9480177)
I wish to take them home and need passports, anyone know the best way to go about this...

Your boys are US citizens and must have a US passport to enter the US. Do this first.



... or apply for British as they are my children.
It's currently taking 4+ months to get a UK passport if you apply from the US. Since they can enter the UK with their US passports, I suggest that once you're in the UK get their UK passports there.



I would like them to have dual citizenship .
Most likely, they already are dual citizens. All they require is proof of that.

Ian

brax Jul 7th 2011 6:07 am

Re: Which Passport for my kids??
 

Originally Posted by soko121 (Post 9480177)
Hello,
I am a British Citizen living in US on Green Card, my wife is American, our 2 young boys were both born here. I wish to take them home and need passports...
Simon

It depends on what you mean by "take home". I think you also need to be a British Citizen other than by descent.

If you mean for a visit then they can enter the UK using their US passports - they'll get stamped stating that they can't work and putting a time limit on their stay.

If you mean to stay (one way ticket) then they will probably need UK passports to enter the UK. Doing so without would be tricky and you might not get to board your plane.

As they are US born they will have to have US passports to enter the USA.

You should get US passports now and get UK passports when you are in the UK (cheaper and quicker). Make sure you take the necessary documents with you - Children's birth certificates, your birth certificate, marriage certificate.

I've just got UK passport for our three children. I think it is great that they get to be both US citizens and British citizens.

We've always used the EU national's channel at immigration.

Simon


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