Birth Registration Guidance

Advice on registering a child’s birth with the Home Office

If the family you support has welcomed a new baby since resettling in the UK, as a Community Sponsorship Group, you’ll need to help the family register the child’s birth with the Home Office.

Resettled families will need to register the birth of their baby with your local council too.  Some hospitals may offer this service, or this might need to take place in your council’s registry office within a certain timescale.  Check your council’s website for information.

Once the child is registered with the Home Office, it will be given the same immigration status as its parents – in the case of community sponsored refugees, this will be refugee status with five years leave to remain. The Home Office refers to children taking on their parents’ status as ‘Leave in Line’ and require families to submit a Leave in Line request to them once the child is born. Resettled refugees can make Leave in Line requests for free.

To make a Leave in Line request for children born in England and Wales

At the time of writing, the Home Office no longer require the original birth certificate to be submitted for families where births were registered in England and Wales. This means that resettled families in England and Wales can submit Leave in Line requests entirely via e-mail to RCMLeaveinline@homeoffice.gov.uk.

All requests must include:

  • Letter of request from parent(s)
  • Birth certificate of the child – a scanned copy of the child’s long form birth certificate
  • Photocopies of the parents’ BRP cards
  • A passport photograph of the child – this can be scanned and sent by e-mail, see the downloadable document on this page

To make a Leave in Line request for children born in Scotland and Northern Ireland

If you are supporting a family in Scotland or Northern Ireland, they must submit a Leave in Line request by post to:

Refused Case Management,

UK Visas and Immigration,

Department 87, Level 7,

The Capital,

New Hall Place,

Liverpool, L3 9PP

All requests must include:

  • Letter of request from parent(s)
  • The original birth certificate of the child – this will be returned to the family so be sure to include an pre-addressed envelope with the documents
  • Photocopies of the parents’ BRP cards
  • A passport photograph of the child
Last modified
Monday, September 20, 2021 - 08:00
Key things to do
  • Inform the family of the process before the child is born
  • Check with your local council to find out how to register the birth locally
  • Support the family to organise necessary documents