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UK Passport Application in Canada

Renew Your British Passport or Get Your First UK Passport

If you are a British citizen by birth, naturalisation, or descent (British parent), you are a British citizen and entitled to carry a UK passport.

UK passports can be renewed within one year of their expiration, or at any time if the visa pages are full. British Passports that have been lost or stolen can be replaced at any time.

If you have never had a United Kingdom passport, but you were born in the UK or one of your parents was a British citizen at the time of your birth, you can apply for your first British passport at any time. The UK recognises dual citizenship, so you can carry both a British and a Canadian passport.

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British Passport Cost and Processing Time

British passport applications submitted from Canada take an average of 6 to 8 weeks for processing. It is not possible to expedite the processing in any way, so it is recommended that you do not make travel plans until you have received your new passport. Any original documents you submitted with your passport application, such as an expired passport or birth certificate, will be returned to you in a separate courier package.

On April 7, 2014 application fees for all United Kingdom passports went down due to more efficient processing in the UK.

United Kingdom Passport Cost
  Renewal Lost or Stolen First
Adult $544.25 $627.87 $627.87
Child $489.25 $572.87 $572.87
Extra 12 visa pages +$50 +$50 +$50

 

Who can get a UK Passport?

UK citizenship law is very complicated and has changed many times just since the 1980s. Whether or not you are a British citizen depends on several factors, including where and when you were born, where and when your parents were born, whether your parents were married, and how your parents became British citizens.

British Passport and Citizenship Eligibility
  Born before Jan 1, 1983 Born Jan 1, 1983 to Jun 30, 2006 Born Jul 1, 2006 and after
Born in UK 1 parent must be British 1 parent must be British
Born outside UK to British Mom must register as British citizen
Born outside UK to British Dad, parents married
Born outside UK to British Dad, parents never married

NOW ELIGIBLE

NOW ELIGIBLE

 

Under most circumstances you cannot inherit British citizenship through a British grandparent, and British citizenship is not transmitted to the second generation born outside the United Kingdom. However, there are exceptional circumstances when this sometimes occurs. If you're not sure whether you are a British citizen, contact us.

 

Overseas United Kingdom Passport Application from Canada

The application process for getting a British passport from Canada has changed several times in the past few years. As recently as 2009, applications were sent to the British High Commission in Ottawa. Then until 2013 applications were sent to the British High Commission in Washington D.C. Now, all passport applications are sent to the processing centre in Durham, UK.

The British government has stated that processing all applications within the UK has allowed them to reduce production costs and cut application fees as a result.

 

Documents to get a UK Passport from Canada

The documents you need to support your application for a British passport from Canada vary depending if it is a renewal, first passport, or if your last passport was lost, stolen, or issued before the modern maroon-coloured passports came into use.

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  • most recently issued British passport
  • 2 UK Passport photos
  • completed application forms
  • passport fee

First UK passport, last British passport lost or stolen, or last UK passport with black cover

 

Applying for a child's UK passport

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Minors under 16 years old must have their parents' permission to receive a British passport. Both parents must give written consent for the passport to be issued to the child, and the forms must be completed by the one of the child's parents (preferably the British parent).

All applications for a United Kingdom passport for minors must have the countersignatory section completed for verification of the parent's identity.

 

UK Passport Photo Requirements

You must submit two identical British passport photos with every application. The photos have to meet these requirements or your application will be delayed while you submit new photos:

  • professionally printedul
  • in color
  • plain white or light gray background
  • taken within 30 days
  • photo size: 35 - 45mm
  • face size in photo: 29 - 34mm from chin to top of hair
  • facing the camera head on with neutral expression (not smiling)
  • eyes must be open and unobstructed by hair, hats, or frames of glasses

 

 

UK Passport Countersignatory

A Countersignatory is a person who signs your passport application and photo as your guarantor. This means that they are verifying that the information you have provided on the application is true. The person acting as your countersignatory has to provide their contact information so that Her Majesty's Passport Office can contact them.

Your countersignatory cannot be a relative, cannot live at the same address as you, and cannot work for the passport service.

Only people in certain professions can act as the countersignatory for your British passport application, including:

  • accountant
  • airline pilot
  • articled clerk of a limited company
  • assurance agent of recognised company
  • bank/building society official
  • barrister
  • chairman/director of limited company
  • chiropodist
  • commissioner of oaths
  • councillor - eg local or county
  • civil servant (permanent), but not someone who works for Her Majesty’s Passport Office
  • dentist
  • director/manager of a VAT-registered charity
  • director/manager/personnel officer of a VAT-registered company
  • engineer - with professional qualifications
  • financial services intermediary - eg a stockbroker or insurance broker
  • fire service official
  • funeral director
  • insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company
  • journalist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • legal secretary - fellow or associate member of the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs
  • licensee of public house
  • local government officer
  • manager/personnel officer of a limited company
  • member, associate or fellow of a professional body
  • Member of Parliament
  • Merchant Navy officer
  • minister of a recognised religion - including Christian Science
  • nurse - RGN or RMN
  • officer of the armed services
  • optician
  • paralegal - certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals
  • person with honours - eg an OBE or MBE
  • pharmacist
  • photographer - professional
  • police officer
  • Post Office official
  • president/secretary of a recognised organisation
  • Salvation Army officer
  • social worker
  • solicitor
  • surveyor
  • teacher, lecturer
  • trade union officer
  • travel agent - qualified
  • valuer or auctioneer - fellows and associate members of the incorporated society
  • Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers

Born outside the UK to a British Mother before 1983 or to a Unmarried British Father before July 1, 2006

Register as a British Citizen

Before January 1, 1983 British citizenship could only be transmitted by descent from a father to his "legitimate" children. At this time, all children born in the UK became British citizens. But, for children born outside the UK whose mother but not whose father was British, they could not inherit British citizenship and obtain a UK passport.

Now these people can apply for what's called Registration as a British citizen. This application shows that had the law been different, the applicant would have acquired British citizenship through their mother.

Unfortunately people in these circumstances cannot simply apply for a British passport. First, they must complete the registration process which includes swearing an oath of loyalty to the Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, at the British consulate closest to their residence. Then, once they receive their certificate of registration they may apply for a UK passport.

The entire process of getting your British passport if you need to register as a British citizen in this way takes approximately 4 to 8 months to complete.

For more information, please see our page on Registration as a British Citizen.

Living and Working in the UK once you get your UK passport

Once you have obtained a British passport, if you wish to relocate to the UK, you will have to apply for what's called a National Insurance Number. This number serves the same purpose as a Social Insurance Number in Canada, or a Social Security Number in the US, and will allow you to work and receive government services in the UK.

Part of obtaining a National Insurance Number is an interview which takes place in the UK. You will need to show your United Kingdom passport at this interview to prove you are eligibile to receive a NIN, and they will ask you why you need the number.

You can technically start working in the UK without a NIN, but you will need to provide it to your employer as soon as you receive it.

For more information on applying for a National Insurance Number to work in the UK, please refer to this site: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/intro/number.htm

 

Other Types of UK Passports

Certain people besides British citizens are eligible to carry British passports. Specifically, a British Protected Person is someone born in a former British colony who has been granted Protected Person status by the British government due to strife within their home country. This allows them to travel on a special British passport despite not being a British citizen.

To renew a British Protected Person passport, the application process is the same. However, if a British Protected Person ever naturalizes in another country (such as becoming a Canadian citizen), they lose their protected person status and cannot renew their British passport.

Previously citizens of Hong Kong were able to carry UK passports as well. It is no longer to simply renew a Hong Kong British passport - any person from Hong Kong who wished to retain their United Kingdom passport would have needed to become a full British citizen either through immigration to the UK or other means, and could then apply for a standard British passport.

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Getting a Birth Certificate to Prove British Citizenship

Getting a birth certificate from the United Kingdom can be an annoying process. The rules are different for each nation and region within the United Kingdom.

 

English Birth Certificate

In order to get an English birth certificate for your UK Passport application you need to apply to the General Registry Office for England and Wales (GRO) if you are applying from Canada. If you are in England, you can go to the local registry and apply in person if you wish.

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Application

The application is made online at the General Register Office. Before you apply, you need to make sure you have the right information:

  • GRO Index Number (this is not the serial number displayed on the birth certificate) which you can find here
  • Your full name and mailing address
  • Your email address
  • An acceptable credit card or debit card (MasterCard or VISA)
  • Details of the birth (full name, place, date).

 

Cost

If you apply on your own, applying for a new birth certificate costs £9.25, and can only be paid by VISA or MasterCard (or by VISA debit or by Maestro debit). IMMIgroup charges additional fees.

For urgent service there is an additional cost of £23.40.

 

Processing Time

If you supplied the GRO Index Number, the processing time is 4 business days.

If you could not supply the GRO Index Number, the processing time is 15 business days.

If you pay for urgent service, the processing time is 1 business day (provided the order is submitted before 4PM GMT).

The certificate will be sent to you by Air Mail, but you can still expect to wait a couple of weeks after the birth certificate is mailed.

 

Scotland

You cannot get a Scottish birth certificate from the GRO. You have to instead apply in one of the following ways:

  • Via a website for one of the official websites of the local Scottish Registrars.
  • In person at Scotland's People Centre in Edinburgh (map)
  • By mail (there are three separate application forms, depending on the date of birth)

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Application

For people in Canada, the application for a Scottish birth certificate is made online at one of the Scottish county certificates websites, such as the one linked to administered by the Clackmannanshire Council. All the following information is based upon this website, and not any of the other websites run by Scottish Registrars.

In order to submit a birth certificate application, you need the following information for the person, their:

  • Full name
  • Place of birth
  • Gender.

If you can provide information about either parent it will help speed up the process.

You also need to provide a mailing address.

 

Cost

Scottish Certificates, run by Clackmannanshire Council, charges £15.00 for the first certificate (only £10.00 for an additional copy) plus a Shipping and Handling fee of £3.00 (overseas applicants only) if you apply yourself.

If ordering online, you can only pay by VISA or MasterCard, or VISA debit; they do not accept any other cards.

 

Processing Time

The processing time is 15 business days if mailed to Canada. That includes delivery time.

 

Here are all the Council Areas of Scotland, their websites, the cost of the certificates and the approximate processing times.

Council Area Website Base Cost
(doesn't include postage and other fees)
Processing Time
Aberdeen, City of http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Aberdeenshire https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/ (must contact individual registrars within Council Area) Unknown Unknown
Angus http://www.angus.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Argyll and Bute https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Clackmannanshire http://www.scottishcertificates.org.uk/ £15.00 15 days
Dumfries and Galloway http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Dundee, City of https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk £15.00 Unknown
East Ayrshire https://www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/ (no online service) Unknown Unknown
East Dunbartonshire https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/ (must contact individual registrars within Council Area) £15.00 Unknown
East Lothian http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/ £15.00 Express service available
East Renfrewshire http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Edinburgh, City of http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Falkirk http://www.falkirk.gov.uk/ £15.00 Unknown
Fife http://www.fife.gov.uk/ £15.00 5 days (not including delivery)
Glasgow, City of https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/ £15.00 Unknown
Highland http://www.highland.gov.uk/ £15.00 Unknown
Inverclyde https://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Midlothian http://www.midlothian.gov.uk/ (online only available here) £15.00 Unknown
Moray http://www.moray.gov.uk/ (no online service) Unknown Unknown
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
North Ayrshire http://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/ £15.00 Unknown
North Larnarkshire http://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Orkney Islands http://www.orkney.gov.uk/ (must apply through individual registrars) Unknown Unknown
Perth and Kinross http://www.pkc.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Renfrewshire http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
Scottish Borders https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/ £15.00 Unknown
South Ayrshire http://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
South LAnarkshire https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk £15.00 Unknown
Stirling http://my.stirling.gov.uk/ £15.00 Unknown
West Dunbartonshire http://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/ (no online service) £15.00 Unknown
West Lothian http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/ (online available here) £15.00 Unknown

 

Welsh Birth Certificate

In order to get a copy of your Welsh birth certificate for your British Passport application you need to apply to the General Registry Office for England and Wales (GRO) if you are applying from Canada. If you are in Wales, you can go to the local registry and apply in person instead if you wish.

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Application

The application for w Welsh birth certificate must be submitted online at the General Register Office. Before you complete the application, you will need to make sure you have all the correct information you need:

  • GRO Index Number (this is not the serial number displayed on the birth certificate) which you can find here
  • Your full name and mailing address
  • Your email address
  • An acceptable credit card or debit card (MasterCard or VISA)
  • Details of the birth (full name, place, date).

 

Cost

If you apply on your own, applying for a new birth certificate costs £9.25, and can only be paid by VISA or MasterCard (or by VISA debit or by Maestro debit). IMMIgroup charges additional fees if you decide to apply for your Welsh birth certificate with us.

For urgent service there is an additional cost of £23.40.

 

Processing Time

If you supplied the GRO Index Number, the processing time is 4 business days from the GRO's receipt of the application.

If you could not supply the GRO Index Number, the processing time is 15 business days.

If you pay for urgent service, the processing time is 1 business day (provided the order is submitted to the GRO before 4PM GMT).

The certificate will be mailed to you by Air Mail, but you can still expect to wait 1-2 weeks for your certificate to arrive.

 

Irish Birth Certificate (Northern Ireland)

If you were born in Northern Ireland and need to replace your Irish birth certificate, you must apply for a replacement from the General Registry Office for Northern Ireland. You can apply in person at the office in Belfast (cash only), by phone (Note: there is a charge), or online. The below information is for applicants from Canada or the US, so it focuses on applying online.

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Application

The application can be found at the NI Direct website. In order to receive the birth certificate, you will need to provide the following information:

  • full name of the person named on the birth certificate
  • date and place of birth (street and town or district)
  • names of both parents (including the mother's maiden name)
  • mother's residential address at the time of the birth.

If you do not have all of this information, your application will not be processed.

 

Cost

You must have a VISA or MasterCard or a debit card through VISA or MasterCard to order an Irish birth certificate online.

If you apply for an Irish birth certificate on your own, the cost is:

  • £8.00 for either a long form or short form birth certificate, plus
  • £7.00 for the search of the records, plus
  • Plus Shipping and Handling (which depends upon where you are in the world, it's about £1.20 to Canada as of June 2016).
  • If you select "Priority Processing" there is an additional fee of £5.

If you want a "Commemorative" Birth Certificate, instead of the regular record, it is £40 before postage but there is no search fee.

 

Processing Time

NI Direct does not list the processing time on its website.  It will take a couple of business days for your certificate to be issued. If you do not pay for faster delivery, the certificate will be mailed to you by "Second Class" mail, meaning it may take a few weeks for it to show up in the mail after it was issued.

If you select "Priority Processing," your application will be processed the next business day or, if you submit your application before Noon Greenwich time, the same business day. However, your application will still be sent out second class mail. Same or next day delivery is only available to people in Northern Ireland.

 

Manx Birth Certificate (Isle of Man)

If you were born in the Isle of Man and need to replace your Manx birth certificate, you must apply for a replacement from the General Registry (Oik-Recortysse). You can apply in person at the Civil Registry in Douglas, Castletown, Peel or Ramsey, by mail to the Civil Registry (cheque, bank draft or money order only) in Douglas, or online. The below information is for applicants from Canada or the US, so it focuses on applying online.

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Application

The application can be completed at the Government of the Isle of Man's website. In order to receive the birth certificate, you will need to provide the following information:

  • full name of the person named on the birth certificate
  • date (it does not have to be exact) and place of birth (street and town or district)
  • names of both parents (including the mother's maiden name)
  • mother's residential address at the time of the birth.

If you do not have all of this information, your application will not be processed.

Please note that the mailing address form online only accepts postal codes in Manx format. 

 

Cost

If you apply for a Manx birth certificate on your own, the cost is:

  • £8.00 for a short-form birth certificate
  • £10. for a long-form birth certificate
  • An additional £5.00 if you do not have the exact birth date
  • A £5.00 fee for any searches for births since 1980
  • £25.00 for every 5-year period of records searched prior to 1980 (Example: if you are not sure if the birth was in 1974 or 1975, the surcharge would be £50)
  • Plus Shipping and Handling (which depends upon where you are in the world).

You will be sent an email in response to your order within 3 days. You can only pay by VISA or Mastercard, and they charge a 2% processing fee.

 

Processing Time

Applications normally processed within 5 business days. You should allow extra time because the certificate will be mailed through regular mail. (Estimated delivery times are not given.)

 

Birth Certificate from the Channel Islands

If you were born in the Channel Islands, you must apply for a replacement from either the Royal Court of Guernsey or from the Registry Office for the parish you were born in on Jersey. 

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Application

Neither the Royal Court of Guernsey nor any of the Registry Offices of the Jersey parishes provide online applications for birth certificates. If you want to apply online, you need to use a third party service.

 

Guernsey

You must apply for a birth certificate in person at the Royal Court in St. Peter Port or by mail. If applying by mail, you will need to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request.

 

Jersey

You must apply for a birth certificate from Jersey in person at the Registry Office for your Parish or by mail. If applying by mail, you will need a self-addressed stamped envelope submitted with your request.

 

Cost

  • Guernsey: Long form birth certificates cost £20. Short form birth certificates may be requested as well.
  • Jersey: The government of Jersey does not provide cost information.

 

Processing Time

  • Guernsey: Certificates are usually available one day after the request is received. Allow time for the certificate to be mailed back to you.
  • Jersey: Processing times are unknown.

 

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