Canadian Passport + HKID best way to apply for British Passport

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    Canadian Passport + HKID best way to apply for British Passport

    I currently hold a Canadian Passport and a HKID. Lets just say if I get married to my GF (she holds a British Passport + HKID). Whats the best way to go around getting a British passport? Does it matter if we get married in the UK or HK? Which way is quicker/easier?

    Also the same question goes for her as well, whats the best way for her to get a Canadian passport?


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    Marry, apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK, move to the UK and live there for three years then apply for a British passport. Yes, it's as easy as that!


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    I think you'll find that if your only claim is through marriage to a UK citizen then you'll need to live in the UK for three years before you are eligible to apply for a British passport. A call, visit or browsing of the website of the British Consulate in HK would be the best way to check.

    It makes no difference where you get married AFAIK.

    edit: ah, ninjaed by neither3nor 4

    Last edited by dipper; 28-02-2011 at 12:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebgonf:
    I currently hold a Canadian Passport and a HKID. Lets just say if I get married to my GF (she holds a British Passport + HKID). Whats the best way to go around getting a British passport? Does it matter if we get married in the UK or HK? Which way is quicker/easier?

    Also the same question goes for her as well, whats the best way for her to get a Canadian passport?
    You have to become a British citizen. Not sure what the Canadian requirements are, but I presume it will be the same, GF will have to be a Canadian citizen.

    I'm in the same boat as you, but vice versa (i.e. I'm Brit and the missus is Canadian). We are looking into the finer details of this at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nebgonf:
    I currently hold a Canadian Passport and a HKID. Lets just say if I get married to my GF (she holds a British Passport + HKID). Whats the best way to go around getting a British passport? Does it matter if we get married in the UK or HK? Which way is quicker/easier?

    Also the same question goes for her as well, whats the best way for her to get a Canadian passport?
    To go and get married in the UK you need a special visa or permission first. Contrary to popular opinion, getting UK residency is tough. Get married first, keep proof of your relationship, joint bank accounts, travel documents, whatever. But please, don't think you can just go to England, get married, and everything will be okay.

    Be prepared to spend a lot of money on applications and to wait an extremely long time for any feedback. My wife, we have two kids, sat like muppets in the craphole that is the UK today waiting for anything about her residency application - in the end we came back here.

    It has to be easier in Canada and is certainly easier in Hong Kong

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    All the above assumes that your GF has a "real" British passport and not the dreaded BNO ... if the latter is the case then you can forget about British nationality based on your relationship, married or not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chingleutsch:
    All the above assumes that your GF has a "real" British passport and not the dreaded BNO ... if the latter is the case then you can forget about British nationality based on your relationship, married or not.
    Yes she has a "Real" British passport and currently travels back and forth. Living in the UK for 3 years would be an issue...

    How much is a work visa? If I plan to stay in the UK, I assume I would need one before going to the UK?
    Last edited by Nebgonf; 28-02-2011 at 02:54 PM.

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