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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 UK.gov 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 UK.gov 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).

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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.

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