British Nationality for a Canadian

Both Canada and the United Kingdom allow Dual Nationality. This means that a person can hold nationality (and the passport) of both countries.

As a Canadian, you could be eligible for BRITISH NATIONALITY in the following circumstances:

  • You were BORN IN THE UK* (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. You will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, can hold a British Passport, and can pass British Nationality to your children, irrespective of where these children are born. Read more about British Nationality by Birth.
  • You have a PARENT* (a father or mother) who was Naturalised in the UK before your birth, or who was born in the UK (or Northern Ireland) before 1983. Your parent will have been classified as British Otherwise than by Descent, hold a British Passport, and they can pass British Nationality to their children, irrespective of where these children are born. Read more about British Nationality by Descent.

* It gets more complicated if: 

As a Canadian citizen, you are eligible for the following WORKING VISAS in the UK:

  • UK Work Permit, if you have a job offer in the UK or specific skills that are in demand in the UK.

Philip Gamble & Partners are specialists in British Nationality Law, and assist clients in determining whether they have a claim to British Nationality through parents, grandparents and former British territories.

How do I find out if I have a claim to British Nationality?

We suggest following our 4 STEP PROCESS, designed to simplify the complex laws of British nationality and to avoid unnecessary and expensive application fees, to find your answer:

Step 1: Determine whether you have a Standard Route (birth in the UK before 1983, or a parent born in the UK before 1983)
Step 2: If not, complete our free Nationality Assessment
Step 3: Order a free British Passport Review
Step 4: Conduct a Status Trace

Complete our Nationality Assessment

To find out whether you or your children might have a claim, take a couple of moments to complete our FREE online Passport Assessment.

British Nationality Assessment

Status of CANADA
 

Newfoundland

  • From 1713 to 31.12.1948, Newfoundland fell within the British Crown Dominions.
  • From 01.04.1949 until 22.05.1950, Newfoundland was an independent Commonwealth country.
  • On 23.05.1950, Newfoundland ceased to be an independent Commonwealth country and became part of Canada.

Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

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Learn more about these routes to British Nationality:

WhatPassport.com is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.