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My son was born outside the UK and is British by descent through his father. We haven't applied for a British passport in his country of birth because we are leaving soon and the application process will take many months. Is it possible to apply for a visitor visa on his country of birth passport to visit the UK? Will they reject it on the basis that he is a British citizen?

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A visa cannot be issued to a British citizen with a right of abode to the UK.

However, an alternative to British passport is a certificate of entitlement of the right of abode, attached in a foreign passport: https://www.gov.uk/right-of-abode/apply-for-a-certificate-of-entitlement. The processing is usually faster than the application of a British passport.

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    I am aware of this but it is quite expensive so I thought he may be able to enter another way. However you have confirmed that that's not possible so we will have to consider it.
    – saimda
    Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 17:49
  • I recently had this with our son. He is British by birth as his mother is British. We ended up getting a Certificate of Entitlement as it’s the only way other than a passport. Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 18:30
  • @RobertJ.Clegg Do you know for how long the certificate is valid for?
    – saimda
    Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 18:34
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    @saimda Valid until the passport expires Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 19:14
  • It’s not a visa. It’s valid until passport expires. Commented Jun 24, 2023 at 19:26

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