British Passport Renewals and Applications from Canada | The Ultimate Check List.
British citizens live in many countries and there is a large UK expat population in Canada. Currently, there are over 600,000 British expats living in Canada and this number is set to increase over the next few years.
As a country, Canada offers British expats a fantastic new country to call home with friendly and welcoming locals. As the largest country in the northern hemisphere and the second largest country in the world (only Russia is bigger), Canada has plenty of wide open spaces, exquisite natural surroundings and spectacular scenery.
Many immigration experts recommend Canada as the first option when looking to move away from the United Kingdom. Over the past few decades, Canada has proven to be a great place to resettle, find a well-paying job and enjoy your free time.
When it comes to quality of life, Canada is considered to be the second-best country in the world (falling closely behind Germany).
If you would like to enjoy a larger house, snowy winters and hot summers, Canada may be the best option for you. Not only will you still be able to retain your UK citizenship but you could also eventually obtain Canadian citizenship, giving you the best of both worlds.
If you are currently living in Canada and need to renew or apply for your first British passport, U.K.ABROAD can assist you with the entire process.
Renewing your UK passport from Canada
UK passport renewals and first-time applications are now processed online and then handled by Her Majesty’s Passport Office.
You can apply for a British passport renewal from anywhere in the world but it is important to note that your forms must be completed accurately and fully, otherwise it will be rejected. In addition, your photos must also adhere to HM Passport Office’s requirements.
To save you time, money and stress, U.K.ABROAD can handle this for you so that you have your new passport as soon as possible.
I currently live in Canada: how can I renew my British passport?
Over the past few years, Her Majesty’s Passport Office has changed the way in which it processes passport applications and renewals. New applications are now done entirely online and there is therefore no longer a need to complete physical forms.
The good news is that this can be done from the comfort of your own home by completing the online application forms. You will also need to submit passport photos according to Her Majesty’s Passport Office’s standards.
Contact U.K.ABROAD ([email protected]) if you would like us to handle your passport application or renewal process for you at a reasonable cost.
How many weeks does it take to renew a UK passport from Canada?
Currently, passport applications and renewals are taking longer than normal due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In normal times, it can take between 3 and 4 weeks to receive your new passport but you should now expect a few more weeks due to COVID-19.
This can vary, though, as it all depends on how busy Her Majesty’s Passport Office is at any given time.
As a general rule of thumb, if you need to travel, you should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport. If not, this could pose a problem for you when you arrive at the airport or you need to clear immigration. It is always a good idea to plan well in advance to avoid potential problems.
Is it possible to apply for or renew a British passport if I live outside of the UK?
Yes, you do not need to be based in the United Kingdom to renew or apply for a British passport for the first time.
The only difference is that it will take slightly longer and there will be an additional charge to account for the couriering process.
Passport renewal or application forms must be completed online and great care should be taken to ensure that there are no errors or that you do not leave anything out. This is important because any mistakes could mean that your application is rejected and you will then need to start all over again, resulting in a waste of time.
To avoid application rejections and to save yourself time and money, U.K.ABROAD will be delighted to assist you with the entire process. Simply click here and get the ball rolling.
What do I need to send in when renewing my UK passport?
You will need to include passport photos and your old passport. Don’t worry, though, because your old passport will be sent back to you once your new one has been processed. It will be sent in a separate courier to minimize the risk of one of them going missing.
First-time UK Passport Applications from Canada
Applying for your UK passport for the first time from Canada? Ensure that you complete the online application forms and submit the correct photos or you are at risk for your application being rejected.
If you’d like to make things easier for yourself and prevent delays due to rejection, contact U.K.ABROAD for assistance. We will help you with the whole process, from start to finish. Simply complete our quick online form here.
I have Canadian citizenship: can I also apply for UK citizenship?
Both Canada and the United Kingdom allow their citizens to hold 2 passports. Therefore, if you want to apply for an English passport, this will not be a problem.
Of course, you will need to be eligible for UK citizenship and knowing if you qualify or not is more complex than it may seem. The U.K.ABROAD team is well-versed in all aspects of British citizenship applications and we can provide you with professional advice as to whether or not you would be eligible for a British passport.
Will it be a problem if I apply for my first British passport from abroad?
All British passport applications are now done online so the process is largely the same, wherever you are based. We advise expecting a delay of an additional week (to the normal 4 to 6 weeks) for your new passport.
To find out more about First Time British Passport applications from abroad, as well as your possible eligibility for a British Passport through descent, birth or naturalisation, click here.
What is the timeframe to receiving my new UK passport?
Before the Coronavirus pandemic, UK passports took on average 3 to 4 weeks to be processed. They are now taking a few extra weeks to be processed.
We do not recommend that you make travel plans while your passport is in the process of being renewed as there could be unforeseen delays. Your passport should always have at least 6 months worth of validity when you travel, so you should consider renewing it when it has approximately 8 months left.
Am I eligible for British citizenship?
Eligibility for UK citizenship is a complex subject and depends on many factors.
You could qualify for British citizenship by descent if both (or sometimes one) of your parents were born in the United Kingdom, even though you were born overseas. Both your parents’ and your date of birth can influence your eligibility.
U.K.ABROAD assists people on a daily basis with their first-time UK citizenship applications and we can give you professional advice as to whether or not you would qualify. To find out more about first time British Passport applications from Canada, click here.
What are the costs of British passport applications from Canada?
Below are the costs for UK passport applications from Canada (prices valid as at November 2020):
- Adult 34-page Standard Passport: $359.00 (CAD)
- Child 34-page Standard Passport: $319.00 (CAD)
- Adult 50-page Jumbo Passport: $379.00 (CAD)
If you need further information on how the application process works, feel free to contact us here.
What to do if you lose your British passport or if it is stolen whilst you are overseas.
It is always a distressing situation when your passport goes missing or is stolen while you are overseas. Below are the answers to some common questions:
I’ve lost my British passport. What is the process for replacing it?
If you suspect that your passport has been stolen, you’ll need to report this to the police in your local area and get a police report.
After this, you may then apply for a new UK passport. The process for applying for a new passport after yours has gone missing is exactly the same as the normal passport application process.
If you need to travel urgently, you may need to apply for an emergency travel document which can also be done through the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your local area. It should be noted that your emergency travel document will display your travel itinerary so you would not be able to deviate from this when traveling.
After losing your UK passport, how long does it take for a new one?
Once you have notified the police and the relevant authorities, you can apply for a new passport. It will take the same length of time as a regular passport application from Canada, namely 3 to 4 weeks.
If you need to travel in the next few weeks, you will need to apply for an emergency travel document. In order to do this, you will need proof of your intended travel itinerary (i.e. confirmed air tickets and hotel reservations) and this can be applied for at the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the area.
Applying for British certificates from Canada
Do you require an original British certificate but you are based in Canada? Applying for such certificates is done online but it is recommended taking great care to ensure that no errors are made as this could delay the application process or result in a rejection.
Can I apply for my British birth certificate from Canada?
Applying for your British birth certificate is definitely possible from Canada. There may be an additional cost for the couriering of your document, as well as a time delay.
If you would like to make the process as easy and as quick as possible, contact U.K.ABROAD as we specialize in UK passport and document applications. We advise you on everything you need and make sure that your application forms have been completed as accurately as possible.
Information about obtaining replacement birth, death, adoption marriage or civil partnership certificates from Canada.
If you need to apply for a replacement British death, birth, adoption marriage or civil partnership certificate from Canada, complete the easy, online form on our website here and we can assist you with everything from start to finish.
U.K.ABROAD specialises in first time British Passport applications, British Passport renewals, and replacements of lost, stolen or damaged British passports from Canada.