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If a UK citizen has a baby in USA, will it automatically be

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If a UK citizen has a baby in USA, will it automatically be a UK citizen or does the mother have to make some kind of application?
Also, is there any practical benefit from registering the birth in the UK? What value is there from being on the UK register and having a consular birth certificate?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for your question

My name is Clare

I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first

For clarity - is the mother (or father) British by birth or by descent?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The mother is British by birth.
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

In that case the child is entitled ti a British Passport and to live in the UK.

All the mother needs to do is apply for a passport for the child

There is no need to Register the child in the UK

Please ask if you need further details

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Would there be any benefit to the child later in life, of having a consular birth certificate? eg if he/she wants a passport after the age of 18, would having the certificate make it easier? It just seems a lot to pay if there is no value in it, but she would want to do it if it would be of use to the child later in life.
Expert:  Clare replied 10 months ago.

That is hard to predict.

It would make it easier to get a copy of the birth certificate if it was ever lost, and of course would mean that they can always prove their nationality even if the passport is lost

Clare and other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you.

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