April 10, 2012 10:05 AM Subscribe
Am I eligible to get a British passport?
posted by ohmy to law & government (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've often been told that I'm eligible to get a British passport. I am a Canadian citizen who was born in May 1982, to a father who was born in Wales in 1947. He doesn't currently hold a British passport, to my knowledge, but it's my understanding that he can get one quite easily.
So if I am eligible, what steps do I need to take to get one? What I sort of understand, from a few very confusing Google searches, is that my father first needs to apply for his (using his birth certificate?) before I can start applying for myself. If anyone can explain the process to me, I'd really appreciate it! (The more in depth, the better!) I'm also wondering how long it would take, if let's say my father were to submit his paperwork tomorrow. What's a reasonable time frame to get my passport?
Furthermore, what does holding a British passport mean exactly? Does it mean that I am a UK citizen, even if I don't live there? How would having the passport affect things like moving/working in the UK?
I'm asking because I'm currently considering into moving abroad for work and am trying to figure out which locations might be of best interest to me.