According to the rules as prescribed in the official website of the UK government, a person is automatically a British citizen if he or she was born outside the UK and all of the following apply:
1. The applicant from the Philippines was born on or after 1 July 2006 (a different provision applies if applicant was born before1 July 2006)
2. The mother or father of the applicant was a British citizen when the applicant was born
3. The British parent of the applicant from the Philippines could pass on their citizenship to the former
Unfortunately, most applicants for the UK Spouse Visa who want to settle in the UK with their children whose fathers are British nationals do not realize that their children are automatic British citizens.
Thus, in some instances, when an applicant from the Philippines filing for a UK Spouse Visa decides to file the application with his or her child who is the natural child of her British spouse/sponsor, they usually file for the UK Child Dependent Visa instead of the First British Passport.
If they file for the UK Child Dependent Visa, the expenses will be double because the fees for both applications are the same (the last time ECO-Friendly filed for the UK Spouse visa, we paid around USD2,000 and for the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) around USD1,700).
Both applicants need to pay for the visa application, IHS, TB Test, as well as fees for the visa application center.
But why pay for all of these fees when the child applicant from the Philippines who is the son or daughter of the British sponsor/father is an acknowledged British national at birth?
Instead of paying for all these fees and experiencing all the hassles that go with applying for a UK Spouse visa or any other UK Settlement Visa, ECO-Friendly suggests that the child simply file for a First British Passport with Her Majesty’s Passport Office, and the applicant need only to pay a fee of £75.86.
All it takes is 16 weeks of processing, if the application is filed here in the Philippines.
For more queries regarding the filing of the First British Passport, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. Just click the Eco-Friendly contact box below.