Thanks for your question. I will try to help.
The issue is the birth certificate.
As the father was a UK citizen at the time of the child’s birth and the child was born in the UK then the child would be automatically a UK citizen and in normal circumstances could apply for a British passport.
The difficulty in that you would probably not be able to apply straight away is because the father is not listed on the birth certificate.
The following link contains guidance as to how corrections can be made to a birth certificate:
The issue at this stage is the considerable lapse of time and that the father has passed away. If there was DNA proof that the father was the parent of the child then this would likely be accepted and the amendment made to the birth certificate, or else an order from the court would have to be sought.
If the father is not around to confirm that he is the father of the child to provide it to the birth certificate and you do not have any DNA confirmation that he is the parent then it’s going to be difficult. Really, this is a somewhat unusual question and you would probably have to seek advice from a specialist family solicitor in person. It may be that they offer a view on whether a Statutory Declaration executed by you confirming that the father is the parent of the child may possibly be sufficient to have his name added to the birth certificate so that the person could apply for British citizenship. However, it is probable that this may not be accepted and so you may have to apply for a court order.
Basically, the position right now is that if the father is of the child then the child is entitled to British citizenship but only if you can prove the fact that he is the parent and that this is made much more difficult by the fact that he has passed away. You really need to seek specific advice on this from a solicitor practising Family Law/Birth Registration in person because there is no application you could make yourself which is likely to be accepted at this time but a solicitor may be able to help after taking your instructions in person.
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