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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.)

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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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