I was born in England 1970. By birthright of my father, I became a US citizen in 1991 and moved to the US. Unfortunately I let my UK passport expire. I would like to renew as I might possibly move to New Zealand which is a commonwealth and would be able to apply for a work visa under this law. What I would like to know is, am I still able to renew my British passport? US does not recognize dual citizenship but I am not sure about England. Thank you for the advise. ~N~
You are a British citizen. First of all, from what you said ("birthright"), you didn't "become a US citizen in 1991" -- you were a US citizen from birth. Second, even if you acquired a foreign nationality after birth, since 1948, British citizenship is not lost upon voluntarily acquiring a foreign nationality.
You don't lose British nationality simply by having dual citizenship.
- If your previous passport had a red cover, you can renew it online. The cost is £102.86 (£110.86 for 48 pages) and you should expect to receive it in about 4 weeks after your supporting documents are received in the UK.
- If your previous passport is old and had a black or blue cover, you can also renew it online. The cost is the same but the processing time is 6 weeks.
In either case you fill out an application and make payment online, then post your supporting documents to HM Passport Office in the UK. In your case, this is your old British passport, color copies of every page of your US passport including blank pages, and two passport photos.