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Parent born in Canada?

Was your mother or father born or naturalized in Canada? Under recent amendments to Canada’s Citizenship Act, nearly all persons whose parent was born or naturalized in Canada are now Canadian citizens. This is true even if your parent left Canada as a child; married an American citizen (or other non-Canadian); or became a U.S. citizen (or citizen of another country).canadian_flag_3_117840

These new laws apply to the first generation born abroad. So if your mother or father was born in Canada you are likely a citizen. However, with some important exceptions, your own children are generally not Canadian citizens if they are second generation born abroad. But not to worry! As a Canadian citizen, you can sponsor your children to become Canadian permanent residents if they are under the age of 19. You can also sponsor your spouse.

Although you may already be a Canadian citizen, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship in order to assert your Citizenship rights, such as moving to Canada, obtaining a Canadian passport, working in Canada, or attending school in Canada. This requires filing an application with the case processing centre in Sydney Nova Scotia. There are numerous technical requirements for this application. We have helped many people successfully obtain their Certificates of Citizenship.

Canadian citizens are free to live anywhere in the world, so you can obtain your Certificate of Citizenship without having to leave the U.S. However, if you want to sponsor your family members as permanent residents of Canada, you must plan to move to Canada at the time the permanent resident visas are issued. The sponsorship process currently takes about 8 to 12 months.

Obtaining a Certificate of Citizenship has no impact on your U.S. citizenship. If you are a U.S. citizen now, you will become a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.

Contact us now if you have a parent born in Canada and want to obtain your citizenship certificate. We are experienced Canadian immigration lawyers located in the United States. We can help you get your Canadian citizenship certificate quickly and efficiently.