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 are LIVING IN THE UK on a valid visa and intend to Naturalise as a British Citizen in due course. Read more about British Citizenship through Residency.
- 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.
- You have a GRANDPARENT born in the UK (or Northern Ireland). Read more about British Nationality by Double Descent.
- You are UNDER 18, and you have a grandparent or great grandparent born in the UK (or Northern Ireland). Read more about the British Nationality rights of children under the age of 18.
* It gets more complicated if:
As a Canadian citizen, you are eligible for the following WORKING VISAS in the UK:
- 2 Year Working Holiday Visa (Tier 5), if you are aged between 18 and 30.
- UK Ancestry Visa, if you are 17 or older.
- 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
- From 1870 to 31.03.1949, Canada fell within the British Crown Dominions.
- From 01.04.1949, Canada became an independent Commonwealth country.