parenting and children

Is a child born in Britain to American parents automatically a British Citizen?

Of course, the answer to that isn't straightforward, it depends on residence. Presuming that child was born in the UK after 1983, they are a citizen if:
  • One parent is a British citizen, or,
  • One parent has become a British citizen or settled in the UK since the birth and the child is under 18 when applying, or,
  • The child was born in the UK and lived in the UK until they are 10 or older
For more details and applications see, Register as a British...

Bringing Up Brits

Bringing Up Brits is a book about life as an expat parent raising British children in Britain. This book shows what life is like for an American mother raising children in Britain today.


The structure of the education system in the UK is a bit confusing to a parent moving from the US, it is slightly similar to the US system, but in many ways very different.

Children and Parenting

These days you can find most information via the Internet.

What to do if your child has claims to both UK and US citizenship

Qualifying for US citizenship if the child is born abroad after 1986:
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