I am British by birth and I have a 4 month old Philippines son. I wish to bring my son home and after researching my self I need help. I am needing information as to whether my son needs a visa if so how long and how much?

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    Are you planning on applying for a British passport for him? gov.uk/check-british-citizenship/…
    – Traveller
    Dec 19, 2019 at 12:25
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    Are you a British citizen by descent or otherwise than by descent? Is the travel a visit, or a long term move? Dec 19, 2019 at 16:47
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    Have you checked if your son fulfills the requirements of being a UK citizen by birth? Then you just need to get him a passport at the nearest UK embassy. Dec 19, 2019 at 17:41
  • Did you give birth to your son or have you adopted him?
    – phoog
    Dec 19, 2019 at 17:54
  • @phoog OP could be the father.
    – mkennedy
    Dec 19, 2019 at 21:14

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To enter the UK without a visa, your son must have a UK passport, or a passport from a country that's allowed visa-free entry to the UK.* If he has a passport from a country that isn't visa-free for the UK, he will need a UK visa.

It would clearly be helpful to this process if you (on his behalf) had established his British citizenship and secured for him a UK passport. If you cannot establish his British nationality, you can re-start your research on the visa issue on this UK government webpage.

*There are some minor exceptions to this statement. For example, a British citizen who has lost his passport overseas can obtain a Travel Authorization document from a UK consulate abroad that will serve in lieu of a passport and permit one-way travel to the UK. Because your son has never had a UK passport, the UK Consulate in the Philipines will not issue him a Travel Authorization.

  • Do you have any tips regarding air travel with babies? Is there any fast track at UK immigrations? Dec 19, 2019 at 17:48
  • The computer programmer in me would note that the UK is also "a country that's allowed visa-free entry to the UK."
    – phoog
    Dec 19, 2019 at 17:53
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    @MikaelDúiBolinder I don't. And remember the challenge is not just at UK Immigration, but at the airline check-in where the journey begins. Dec 19, 2019 at 18:09

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