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    I'm American. My grandfather (on my father's side) was born in Yorkshire, England around 1902 (my father really doesn't know when he was born and we don't have a birth/death/marriage certificate). My grandfather moved to Canada at around 15 years old and later joined the Canadian army to fight in the last days of WWI. He then emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen. I called the British consulate and they said that I could not become a British citizen. Could he have renounced his British citizenship when he became an American? Why did the British consulate say I could not become a British citizen?

  • #2
    What was the reason why you couldn't become a British citizen?

    You should be able to.


    • #3
      Originally posted by mozelack
      What was the reason why you couldn't become a British citizen? You should be able to.
      My children are in a similar situation, since my wife is a British citizen because both of her parents are British, although she was born abroad.

      My understanding is that the child born abroad of one or two British citizens is a citizen, but said citizenship does NOT pass to the grandchild, only the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
      IMPORTANT NOTE: I am a Volunteer Moderator - one of you. I am not a lawyer. So act accordingly.

      PD: 9/12/2000 (EB3/VA/RIR/Canada)
      I-140 RD: 12/22/2000
      I-140 AD: 7/16/2001
      RD: 8/28/2001
      ND: 10/26/2001
      FP1: 1/31/2002
      RFE: 8/2/2002
      RFE RD: 8/28/2002
      TD: 10/22/2002
      FP2: 6/19/2004
      ID: 07/15/2004
      AD: 07/15/2004
      CO: 08/18/2004
      CR: 08/23/2004
      N-400 RD: 05/21/2009
      FP: 06/13/2009
      CFR: 08/05/2009
      IL: 08/21/09
      ID: 10/7/09
      USC: 10/8/09


      • #4
        British Citizeship


        Here is straw to cling to...Looks like your father would be eligible because your grandfather was British. Depending upon how important this is to you, your father should apply first, get his British citizenship which would then entitle you to the same.