Registration of Births

Registration of births outside Sri Lanka

Documents required for registration of birth

The birth in the UK/Ireland of a child, whose parents or one of the parents is a Sri Lankan citizen at the time the of the child’s birth can be registered at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK under Section 5(2) of the Citizenship Act of Sri Lanka.

Generally, a birth of such a child should be registered at the High Commission of Sri Lanka within 3 months. If the birth is registered after 3 months but less than one year, such bitrhs can also be registered by the High Commission immediately after recording the reasons for the delay for the registration. However, if an application is made to register the birth of a child after one year of the birth, the High Commission should obtain the approval of the Registrar General’s Department, Battaramulla. In this case, the  application is sent to the Registrar General’s Department for approval and hence it takes more time to issue a Birth Certificate of a child born more than a year ago.

The applicant (the mother or the father of the child) should complete the appropriate application given below in BLOCK CAPITALS and submit to this Mission, along with the documents mentioned below, in order to register the birth of child.

Application for child less than 03 months of age on the date of application

Application for child aged between 03 – 12 months on the date of application

Application for child aged over 01 year on the date of application

Applicant should sign the application and the declaration in front of a senior officer at the High Commission.
Two sets of photocopies of the supporting documents along with the ORIGINALS of following should be submitted.  [Photocopies and the originals should be produced separately].
1. Child’s original British/Irish Birth Certificate (with parents’ details)
2. Father’s original Birth Certificate **
3. Mother’s original  Birth Certificate **
4. Parents’ original Marriage Certificate **
5. Passports of Father and Mother at the time of the child’s birth
i.            Data Page (Photo Page)

ii.           Alteration Page

iii.          Visa Page / Biometric Visa Card

6. Current Passports of Father and Mother

i.            Data Page (Photo Page)

ii.            Alteration Page

iii.           Visa Page/Biometric Visa Card

7. The Certificate of Naturalization if father/mother has obtained British Citizenship
**1. English translations are not accepted if the original Birth Certificates/Marriage Certificates are issued in Sri Lanka

If any of the certificates/documents were issued in a country other than Sri Lanka the original certificate / its English translation (if original certificate is not in English) attested by relevant diplomatic  Mission in the UK or Sri Lankan Mission accredited to the country of the original certificate is required to submit along with the original certificate.

Following documents are required to be submitted along with the application only if applicable.
a. If the applicant has an Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (Permanent Residence visa) which had been granted at least one year before the date of the child’s birth, he/she is required to submit An affidavit* (click here to download the format) certified/attested by the Consular Division of the High Commission. 
b. The original Dual Citizenship Certificate is required if the applicant is a dual national of Sri Lanka at the time of the child’s birth.
c. If parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth an affidavit relating to Paternity and Declaration of Citizenship, certified by a Solicitor, is required.
Applicant should submit the documents personally and is required to face an interview at the High Commission.
For the issuance of consular birth certificate and to register the birth under Section 5 (2) of the Citizenship Act within one year after child’s birth – £ 67
Surcharge per year for the late registration after one year of the child’s birth- £5.00
Postage  – £ 10.00
*  Other applicable charges will apply.
Payment can be made by Debit/Credit card