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UK Passport Applications and Registration as a British Citizen: get your passport from Canada

  • Determine if you have to Register as a British Citizen:
    • You don’t have to register if
      • You have a UK passport already
      • You were born in the UK
      • Your father was born in the UK and your parents married or you were born from 2006 on
      • Your mother was born in the UK and you were born since 1982
    • Otherwise you must Register as a British Citizen
  • Complete your passport application online
  • Sign the unique declaration and submit it
  • Submit any additional documents if required
  • Receive your passport in the mail
I was born in Scotland, but immigrated as a child to Canada. I hold a UK passport and want to come live and work in Scotland. Does my UK passport entitle me to move there, or do I need to apply for more documentation?

Your UK passport entitles you to live and work in Scotland.

Cost to renew a British passport?


I am applying for a US tourist visa. I hold only a British passport and have permanent resident card in Canada. On the visa they want the place my U.K. Passport was issued in July 2015. I can’t remember. Can you help

Nearly all UK passports are produced in Durham, England.

I am a dual Canadian/British citizen (born in Canada to British parents who weren’t yet Canadian citizens). I was issued a British passport a few years ago and I am travelling to the UK soon. Can I use my British passport to enter the UK but use my Canadian one going home?

That’s exactly what you should do.

How to dispose of expired passports

You can return your passport to the agency that issued it. Or you can destroy it.

I have a British & a Canadian passport and I am going to England for 10 days do I show both passports.

When you enter the UK, you show your British passport.

When you return to Canada, you show your Canadian passport.

my kids were born in Britain. I hold a dual natioanlity..UK and Canada. Can I visit Canada with just british passports for my kids

Now, they now need Canadian passports to come to Canada. They are ineligible for eTAs.

I am a female Canadian citizen born in 1996, my Mother and other maternal family members are from England. My mother came to Canada in 1993 and became a Canadian citizen in 2003, my father is a Canadian citizen but they never got married and are not together. I travelled to England in 1998 and was placed onto my mothers British passport until it expired. I would like to know whether I am eligible to get my British passport as I plan to go to England to study.

You are. You can apply for your UK passport using your birth certificate and your mother’s birth certificate.

We are Canadians living in ONTARIO. We have British passports (having lived in the UK for 30 years) and we need to renew them for our trip to the UK in June. What do we do?

Apply online.

I am a British/Irish/Canadian citizen, born in 1969 in Belfast. My family immigrated to Canada in 1970. I am currently in the process of applying for my first British passport. I am, however, trying to navigate the website and it’s not entirely clear what documents I need regarding my parents. It says I need to provide the following: • their passports at the time of the applicant’s conception • full birth certificates (showing both the child’s and parents’ details) • their marriage certificate. It’s not clear if I need to provide all of these or just one of these. I know I can order their birth and marriage certicates through NI Direct; however, for the passport numbers, I don’t think they’re in possession of them anymore. I find it kind of strange that the website and HM Passport Office require so much or any information on my parents given I was born in the UK.

You have to provide your birth certificate. The information you are referring to is for those claiming UK citizenship through descent (i.e. those born abroad).

My father was born in Northern Ireland, and emigrated to Canada in 1948 when he was 22. He became a Canadian citizen in 1974. Can he return to Northern Ireland now to reside with his Canadian passport or does he require a British passport? What do you recommend for him also to obtain seniors benefits in the UK? Would it be better for him to have his UK passport?

He needs to apply for his UK passport before travelling to Northern Ireland.

This is a Canadian website. We don’t know anything about pensions in the UK. Please see the government website.

Do I have to have a Canadaian passport I am British and Canadian resident in U.K. For last 22 years and travel to Canada on ,my British passport Do I now hav to have a Canadian one as well?

If you are a Canadian citizen you now need a Canadian passport to travel to Canada.

If you are not a Canadian citizen, you can travel to Canada with your British passport and an ETA.

Brother was born in Canada Mother was born in England. Brother has a current Canadian passport. since he attained this passport he became a British citizen… He lives in England and is a citizen can he still travel on his Canadian passport or does he have to attain a British one and forfeit his Canadian one?

Both countries allow dual citizenship. He can keep both passports. He doesn’t have to do anything.

My Canadian passport expires September 17, 2017, must I renew my passport if I’m going to the US in April, 2017?

Canadians are usually allowed to enter the US as long as their passports expire after their planned dates of departure.

I hold both British and Canadian passports, was born in the UK, can my wife obtain a British passport? she was born in Canada

You will need to get a family visa first, then she will have to live with you for a while before she can be a citizen.


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