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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
My father was born in England in the 1950’s, and moved to Canada in the 1980’s – he still has his passport (expired) and never renounced his citizenship. I am a Canadian citizen by birth (born in the 1990’s), and am wanting to apply for dual-citizenship – my question is, am I qualified as a British citizen where I am able to apply for a passport or do I need to apply to be a citizen, and then get a passport?

As long as your parents were married at your birth, you can apply for your UK passport right now, you do not need to Register as a British Citizen first. (If your parents were not married you have to register.)

I was born in the UK in 1948. My old pass port expired in 1979. To get a new one do I apply for a new one or a renewal. Do I use C1 or OS application. Where to I mail it to in the UK and how much do I make a money order out for. 

It’s a renewal that’s treated as if it’s a first time application. You need to apply online; paper applications are no longer accepted.

I have been in Canada since 1965 and still use my UK passport. I wish to renew it again. It gets a little more complicated every time I do. What do I need to renew it this time? Also how much this time?

You must renew it online at the UK Passport website.

If you wish to renew it without using the online form, you can hire Immigroup to help you.

my grandma came to Canada from Britain before my dad was born. She became a Canadian citizen but gave up her British passport. Can I get a British passport?

No, your father is eligible but British citizenship does not transfer through more than one generation.

I am a Canadian and a British citizen. I have gone by my middle name since birth. My Canadian passport is issued as A John Doe, where A is the initial of my first name. I have recently attempted to renew my British passport for the first time, however HMPO is refusing to issue the passport as Arthur John Doe (my correct legal name) since I have a passport from a second country issued in a “different name” (in this case simply an initial. They will also not issue it as A John Doe as they do not deal with initials. They are insisting that I either prove a legal change of name to A John Doe or have my Canadian passport re-issued as Arthur John Doe (a route I’d prefer not to take if possible as all of my other ID/credit cards etc. read John Doe and I have always had airline tickets issued with John Doe as opposed to Arthur Doe.) Is there any alternative to these two options and, if not, can I readily enough have my Canadian passport re-issued as A John Doe once the UK passport has been renewed?

The simplest solution would likely be to change your name on your Canadian passport if you want to change your name on your UK passport. If Her Majesty’s Passport Office will not issue your passport with an initial, there doesn’t seem to be much else you can do.

I am a dual citizen and have a UK passport, as well as a Canadian one; and in a few years I’m pl1anning on marrying my long time partner who is only a UK citizen, in the UK. Does this mean I still have to go through marriage visas even though on the back page of my UK passport it says I have the right to abode? I live in Canada right now if that information is of any use. I’ve been looking everywhere for answers and I just can’t seem to find any.

As a British citizen, you can enter and live in Britain right now. You do not need to marry your partner to have the right of abode (i.e. the right to live and work in the UK).

My mother and father were born in the United Kingdom. My mother was born in England and my Father in Scotland. I do not have contact with my father. I am a Canadian citizen and aged 30 living in Canada. Can I still apply for a British Passport and if so do I need my father’s information?

You can apply for a British passport right now. You’ll need your long-form birth certificate, your parents’ marriage certificate (if possible) and your mother’s birth certificate and, if possible, her valid passport. You can submit copies of all of these things.

How much does it cost to renewal my British passport

34 pages: £105.86

50 pages: £115.86

I have an expired British Passport. I am a Canadian Permanent Resident. I am travelling to the UK. Which type of passport do I need?

You need to renew your UK passport as you normally would.

I was born in the UK in 1969 to British parents and hold a British passport and citizenship. I moved to Canada in 1980 and continue to have a British passport. I would like to get may daughter born in 1999 a British passport but do not have a marriage license to her mother. Is there some other form of proof of parentage that I can provide as I was asked for a marriage license and cannot produce one as we were living in a common law partnership.

Unless you have some kind of legal agreement establishing that you and your wife were common law at the time of your daughter’s birth, you may need to Register your daughter as a British Citizen first. The UK Passport Office is supposed to accept her as your daughter for passport purposes if you and your wife have behaved as if she was legitimate, however that is at their discretion.

I was born in the uk and have my birth certificate my parents emigrated to Canada when I was three. The did not get naturalised Canadians. they have now both passed away. can I get a British passport

Yes, you will need your UK birth certificate to prove your citizenship. Additionally, if you were born since January 1, 1983, you will have to prove that at least one of your parents was a British citizen at the time of your birth, or was “settled.”

My father was born in England and moved to Canada in 1949. He holds a Canadian Passport only. Is he still considered a British Citizen even though he holds a Canadian Passport and has not had a British Passport since 1949? I was born in Canada and am a Canadian Citizen can I obtain British Citizenship (I was born in 1967) and can my son (also born in Canada, in 2001) also obtain British Citizenship due to my father’s birth in England in 1932? My dad has his birth certificate which can prove his place of birth.

Your father is still British unless he voluntarily renounced his British citizenship.

You are also a British citizen because your father is a British citizen. In order to get your British passport you will have to submit the following documentation along with the application:

  • your long-form birth certificate showing he is your father
  • your father’s English birth certificate
  • your parents’ marriage certificate.
It would also be useful if your father renewed his passport, because then you could submit a copy of that as well, which would likely speed up your application.

Unfortunately your son is not a British citizen as UK citizenship can be transmitted only one generation to those born abroad.

My passport and permanent residency are both expired, I travelled to the high commission to get an emergency passport and I believe they kept my old expired passport, cannot remember 100% if they did as it was a few years ago, do I have to report it as lost before I can renew? Need to renew passport before I can renew PR.

No, you do not have to report your passport as lost, but you may want to include an explanation as to what happened with your application if you are given the opportunity.

I am a Canadian Citizen and adopted. My adopted Grandmother was born in Scotland. Am I entitled to Citizenship in Scotland?

No, you are not entitled to Scottish citizenship. Scottish citizenship can only be passed down one generation outside of the UK.

I’m trying to obtain a Canadian Passport for my 16 year old daughter. She just turned 16 and does not have any photo ID other than a high school student card that does not have her signature. I’m at a cross roads because she doesn’t have a health card with her photo either and the passport she has is expired and she was 10 at the time it was issued, so no signature. What can I do to get her photo ID as she cannot even get her G1 without photo ID.

You should get your daughter to apply for a Provincial Photo ID Card. Once she has that, she can apply for other photo IDs.


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