My father is getting his citizenship through his grandfather who was born in the United Kingdom. As my dad was born in Canada, once he gets his citizenship, can I get my UK citizenship through him?

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As your father was born outside the UK, once he gets his citizenship he will be a UK citizen by descent. UK citizens by descent generally cannot pass on citizenship to their children who are born outside the UK.

There is at least one exception however, in that if the UK citizen by descent lived in the UK for at least a 3 year period, they then can pass on citizenship. See http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200511/nationality_and_citizenship/1695/nationality_checking_service_ncs/5.

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    Always worth quoting the relevant stuff from the linked sites, just in case the links break :)
    – Mark Mayo
    Jul 18, 2017 at 1:54
  • But the OP does not qualify for either of these scenarios as he does not have a grandfather who was born in the UK according to his post.
    – ouflak
    Jul 18, 2017 at 7:05
  • @ouflak but, according to this answer, if the father of OP gets citizenship and stays in UK for atleast 3 years then OP can get UK citizenship
    – divine
    Jul 18, 2017 at 12:38
  • Only if the OP has a grandfather who was born in the UK, which the OP has not stated is the case. His father qualifies through that route possibly, but not the OP.
    – ouflak
    Jul 18, 2017 at 12:54

No. There are considerable limits to just how far back the acquistion of UK citizenship by ancestry will reach.

Edit: Your father qualifies to acquire UK citizenship through several possible scenarios because he had a grandparent who was born in the UK. However, unless you've described your lineage incorrectly, you do not have a grandfather who was born in the UK (it would be your great-grandfather). As such, there is no path to UK citizenship by this means according to current British nationality law.

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    Do you have any references to back this up? What are the limits?
    – JoErNanO
    Jul 17, 2017 at 22:06
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    @JoErNanO the requirements are clearly stated in the application form and this answer is fully correct. Please reverse the d/v and u/v like me, Hugs!
    – Gayot Fow
    Jul 18, 2017 at 2:59
  • SE does require that people don't provide one-line answers, exactly as the post notice suggests....
    – Mark Mayo
    Jul 18, 2017 at 3:25
  • @GayotFow I did not down vote. I'm just a fan of authoritative references. :)
    – JoErNanO
    Jul 18, 2017 at 5:57
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    @ouflak yeah I was typing fast. Correct and succinct sure, but they should also explain their answer, otherwise it could just be hearsay / opinion. Easier to test on SO, as you can just test their code answer or whatever, but for things like citizenship or visas, it's important we get all the info as it affects people's lives.
    – Mark Mayo
    Jul 18, 2017 at 8:24

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