Thank you for your message. To give you a fuller picture, please let me give you the following information:
1. my entire family is of British lineage. My Mother and her family going back time immemorial are English. My Father is from Hastings, and his family are also all of English heritage and he was born in Hastings.
2. I was born in London, grew up in London, went to University in Bristol, worked in London after University for a number of years and moved to the Middle East for work about nine years ago.
3. My wife was born in Ghana however her Father (deceased) was Welsh and her mother is Ghanaian. Both her Mother and Father are British citizens with British passports.
4. My wife grew up in the UK, schooled in the UK, went to University in the UK and worked in the City of London for a number of years. My wife then moved to the Middle East about two years ago. My wife is both a British citizen and has a British passport.
5. I intend to carry on working in the Middle East for a number of years yet and so I do not intend to spend any time in the UK for the foreseeable future.
I do wish to register my child as soon as possible, and if needs be my wife shall return to the UK to give birth, this is why I need to make the decision now. My understanding is that as I had been born in the UK then my child would automomatically have citizenship. If this is not correct then my wife and I will need to think about what we do.
Please let me know if you have any further questions and thanks for your help.
Of course you may. I look forward to receiving your response, and in the meantime please let me know if you have any further questions.
Many thanks for your thourough advice. There is something that has dawned on me from the advice you gave which I should like to clarify.
My wife is a British Citizen by descent. I am a British Citizen Otherwise than by descent. On this basis I believe from your advice that my daughter would still qualify for citizenship as being British citizenship by descent.
Please could you confirm that my understanding is correct.
Dear XXX, Further to our earlier correspondence I have another question to ask you. We took my daughter (now 4.5 months old) to the UK (from Bahrain) on the basis of a travel document issued by the British Embassy in Bahrain.
We submitted a passport application whilst in the UK for my daughter. The Passport Agency is refusing to grant her a passport on the basis that the Birth Certificate issued by the Bahrain Authorities does not meet their requirements (the birth certificate names myself and my wife as parents however it does not state where my wife and I were born).
We are stuck. We have asked them what else we may provide as the Birth Certificate is in a set form which the Bahrain Authorities will not change. Do you know what we may be able to do from here?
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