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    Question UK passport for baby born in Thailand

    My mates Thai girlfriend has just given birth (in Thailand) to his son and he wants to know how he goes about getting his son an English passport.

    It states on the British Embassy website that all he needs is.

    Children born after 1 July 2007 outside the UK
    If the passport is for a child born after 1 July 2007 outside the UK you must provide the child’s:

    * full foreign birth certificate and
    * mother’s full UK birth certificate or
    * father’s full UK birth certificate

    Seems pretty straight forward but will he need to register the birth at the Embassy first or will he need any further documents to prove it's his child or anything else?

    Thanks in advance.
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    On the assumption that your friend is British because he was born in the UK, the child may well be automatically a British citizen. In such a situation, there is no compulsion for the child's birth to be registered at the British embassy, but the parents can choose to do so, if they so wish. However, if they elect not to do so, this will not detract from the child's "Britishness".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merseymike View Post
    On the assumption that your friend is British because he was born in the UK, the child may well be automatically a British citizen. In such a situation, there is no compulsion for the child's birth to be registered at the British embassy, but the parents can choose to do so, if they so wish. However, if they elect not to do so, this will not detract from the child's "Britishness".
    Yes he is British, many thanks, so a straight forward passport application then. I'm sure he will be chuffed.
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    Note the word 'full' in reference to the father's birth certificate. He'll need the long version with details of his own parents on it. I only had the short version and had to get a new copy issued and sent out to me.
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    You don't say what part of Thailand they come from. But could I suggest that they register the birth with the British Embassy. Do it now as it may save on potential problems later in life ( paper work, not legal problems.....such as having everything to hand). We managed 2 years ago to register my Daughters birth through the help of the Consulate in Chiang Mai, Ditto her pasport application. They helped by checking that we had everything correct and present. All was done inside Two weeks.
    All the nessasary application forms were readily available on the Net, with the listings of all the supporting docs required.
    By registering the birth with the embassy she has a very unique Birth Certificate........not too many of them around.
    Co incidentally, we also managed to get her Thai Passport done as well inside a week.
    Only problem was trying to get someone to sit still for her Photos...........a little dificult at 2 weeks old?
    Congratulations by the way to the parents.............well done.
    Last edited by andye; 26th Oct 2009 at 09:07. Reason: wrong context

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    Thanks again gents.
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    Would the right form for him to use be the C2 form.

    "C2 Form

    Only use this form if you are:

    * aged 15 or younger and
    * a UK Citizen applying overseas or
    * a British Overseas Territories Citizen or
    * a British Overseas Citizen or
    * a British Protected Person.

    Do not use this form if you are a British National (Overseas) with a close connection with Hong Kong."

    This is confusing him as to what his son is actually? Will he be a British overseas citizen?
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    British citizen.

    C2 form is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark W View Post
    ... This is confusing him as to what his son is actually? Will he be a British overseas citizen?
    Mark, using the same language used in your post, the child is "a UK Citizen applying overseas".

    Was the father born in the UK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias View Post
    Mark, using the same language used in your post, the child is "a UK Citizen applying overseas".

    Was the father born in the UK?
    Yes the father was born in the UK and has (I presume) a UK birth certificate and I know a UK passport.
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    In that case Mark, the child will be British (by decent).
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    Thanks again gents, I'll pass the info on.
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