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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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