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Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

View Poll Results: Will you register your American Born child with the British Embassy?
Yes, I'm proud to be British and my child will be too!
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No, thats $500+ worth of beer.
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3.23%
I think I might do later, see how it all goes.
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I am non commital on the subject!
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Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Old Dec 8th 2005, 6:32 pm
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After sending off to have my american born daughter registered as a British Citizen does anyone else intend on giving their children dual nationality? I was slightly put off by the $440 fee to register the child then there is the $140 passport fee after she is registered but personally I feel the options she would have as a British Passport holder far out way the cost. Plus if I waited until she was 16 or 17 who knows what the cost or the rules would be!
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Originally Posted by Patrick
After sending off to have my american born daughter registered as a British Citizen does anyone else intend on giving their children dual nationality? I was slightly put off by the $440 fee to register the child then there is the $140 passport fee after she is registered but personally I feel the options she would have as a British Passport holder far out way the cost. Plus if I waited until she was 16 or 17 who knows what the cost or the rules would be!
i don't have kids, but if i did, i would! Think the rules thing would be the biggest concern. It's a nice gift to her, now she'll never have to sort it out for herself!
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

We registered our daughter pretty much as soon as we got out of the hospital. Want our daughter (and any future kids we may have) to have the widest choice available to them. $500 is a small price for that benefit in my opinion. Plus we're still in two minds about whether to return to the UK in time for schooling.
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Originally Posted by Patrick
After sending off to have my american born daughter registered as a British Citizen does anyone else intend on giving their children dual nationality? I was slightly put off by the $440 fee to register the child then there is the $140 passport fee after she is registered but personally I feel the options she would have as a British Passport holder far out way the cost. Plus if I waited until she was 16 or 17 who knows what the cost or the rules would be!
I'm not having any more kids but if I did I would register him/her/it as a British citizen. I was born in New Zealand and hold dual nationality for NZ and UK. My daughter was born in Blighty but qualifies for a NZ passport so she too has dual nationality (plus that means when we visit NZ we can bugger off for a beer and a raspberryade while Mrs Schnorbtiz is still clearing immigration ) My sentiment was the same, who knows when the rules and/or the cost will change. Do it while you know the score!
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If I did have nippers, I would.

I don't see why if I have to suffer the indignity of losing major football tournaments on penalties, that they shouldn't suffer too.
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

I have dual nationality (Born in Aussie to British Parents, then raised in England), hubby is American. Our son was born in England, but at the moment only has an American Passport, but we plan on getting him his UK & Aussie ones as soon as we get some money to spare.
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I would vote yes, except there's not an accurate option for me to choose in your poll!

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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Originally Posted by Jenney & Mark
I would vote yes, except there's not an accurate option for me to choose in your poll!

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There are only 4 possible answers

yes
no
maybe
no opinion

why do you not fit into any of those?
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Originally Posted by Patrick
There are only 4 possible answers

yes
no
maybe
no opinion

why do you not fit into any of those?
The only "yes" option reads "Yes, I'm proud to be British and my child will be too!"

I'm not British.

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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

I don't think you can have too many options in this ever-changing world.
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Old Dec 8th 2005, 8:05 pm
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Originally Posted by Jenney & Mark
The only "yes" option reads "Yes, I'm proud to be British and my child will be too!"

I'm not British.

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I cant seem to change it, sorry, ignore the Im british thing then
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Old Dec 8th 2005, 11:47 pm
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Dont' have kids, but yeah, when I start spawning, I plan on registering the little gits I suppose...
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Dont' have kids, but yeah, when I start spawning, I plan on registering the little gits I suppose...
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Yes, both our kids are dual citizens (US-Brit). We felt it was a small price to pay for the options it gives them. Plus, like others have said, we were concerned that if we didn't register them as British citizens now, if the rules changed, they wouldn't have that opportunity again.
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Default Re: Are you going to Register you American Born kids as Brits?

Originally Posted by Patrick
After sending off to have my american born daughter registered as a British Citizen does anyone else intend on giving their children dual nationality? I was slightly put off by the $440 fee to register the child then there is the $140 passport fee after she is registered but personally I feel the options she would have as a British Passport holder far out way the cost. Plus if I waited until she was 16 or 17 who knows what the cost or the rules would be!

In some cases the child is *automatically* British if:

- where the parents are married, either parent is a British citizen *born or naturalised* in the UK; or
- if parents are not married, the mother is a British citizen born or naturalised in the UK.

In these situations it's still recommended to get a consular birth certificate from the British Embassy, as well as a British passport. It will make it easier for your child to prove status later on.

If child is not automatically British

An application for a Certificate of Registration as a British citizen is required if the child is not automatically British. Including situations where:

- the UK parent is British *by descent*; or
- the British father is not married to the mother (and the mother can't pass on British citizenship herself).

In some cases the application must be made before the child is 12 months old (eg child of a British citizen by descent), in other cases the deadline is age 18.

And where the parent is British by descent, there's normally a rule that requires 3 years UK residence of the parent, plus a British grandparent (of the child).

Other options may exist if you take the child to live in the UK, but if child only has a US passport then entry clearance is required. http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk



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