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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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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.

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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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I am renewing a red cover adult passport which expired in 2013. I have read over any information I can find but I feel I am not sending enough documents or info. This is what I have for the renewal new pictures, old passport and completed application form. I always remember sending in so much more documents! I also read that I don’t need a countersign for my pictures. I need the passport for travel I am hoping to be able to go on so I just need a little reassurance I am doing this the right way

The information you are provided the passport office should be enough. If not, they will contact you.

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