Can you be approved for a British Passport/Citizenship if you don’t have your parents’ passport number/information?

My mum (born and lives in Australia, holds only an Australian Passport) is wanting to apply for a British passport/citizenship as her father was born in Leeds, England. Her sister (full sibling) was issued a British passport in 1995 but my mother is worried the laws/requirements may have changed since she’s quite sure her sister didn’t have their father’s passport number (they have been estranged from him since their childhood). My mother has a copy of both her own and his birth certificate and her parents marriage certificate. She was born in 1967 and her parents were married at the time of her birth. Is she eligible for a British Passport and citizenship like her sister with the documentation she has? And also, does this make her a British national?

4 Answers

  • Brooky
    Lv 7
    10 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    She doesn't need any passport numbers. Apart from her own identification, she needs her father's British birth certificate and her parent's Marriage Certificate. She has those (they must be certified and not simply copies) so that's all she needs to prove her claim to British citizenship and can therefore apply directly for a British passport as she is already automatically a British citizen and has been since birth. As a British citizen 'by descent', she cannot pass her citizenship to you or your siblings unless you were born in the UK.

    • Kaitlyn10 months agoReport

      She’s ordered his BC from the General Register Office as currently she only has a scan of the one my aunt possesses. That will have to do as she has no contact with her father and can’t use his original. She has her own original BC and original parents marriage cert. thanks so much again, big help.

  • 10 months ago

    You need proof of your parentage & proof of your parent's citizenship at the time you were born. Passport number alone is not proof, and not required.

    If your mother gets citizenship by descent, that does nothing for you. Citizenship by descent is only allowed for one generation & cannot be passed on.

    • Kaitlyn10 months agoReport

      I’m aware I cannot inherit citizenship from her as she has already inherited citizenship herself. My sisters and I are eligible for the ancestry visa thankfully though. Only enquiring as my mother is wanting to apply for her passport like her sister but was wanting my help.

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    You are assuming that everyone in the UK has a passport, well a huge amount of people do not. So it is not compulsory.

    As for the rest she needs to look it up.

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