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Citizenship Certificate for Adult Children?? Please help.
05-17-2017, 09:12 PM
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Citizenship Certificate for Adult Children?? Please help.
A bit of background: I was born in 1965 in Ontario. In the early 70's, my family immigrated to the US. In the late 70's (I was still a minor), we became American Citizens and had to give up our Canadian citizenship. In the 90's I had two children whom are now adults (over 18). I am currently in the process of reestablishing my Canadian citizenship. I know if my children were minors, they would be able to file for a citizenship certificate. But they are now adults and I cannot find anywhere if they would be able to get a citizenship certificate by having a natural born parent. Can anyone please help answer this for me?
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05-18-2017, 07:39 PM
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RE: Citizenship Certificate for Adult Children?? Please help.
Hi

(05-17-2017 09:12 PM)JVHicks Wrote:  A bit of background: I was born in 1965 in Ontario. In the early 70's, my family immigrated to the US. In the late 70's (I was still a minor), we became American Citizens and had to give up our Canadian citizenship. In the 90's I had two children whom are now adults (over 18). I am currently in the process of reestablishing my Canadian citizenship. I know if my children were minors, they would be able to file for a citizenship certificate. But they are now adults and I cannot find anywhere if they would be able to get a citizenship certificate by having a natural born parent. Can anyone please help answer this for me?


1. It is unlikely you renounced your citizenship. If you were born in Canada, unless your parents were diplomats, you are still a Canadian citizen. Taking out US citizenship is NOT a renouncement of other citizenship's.
2. As your children would be first generation born abroad, it doesn't matter if they are minors or adults, all they have to do is apply for proof of citizenship: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/proof.asp
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05-19-2017, 01:10 PM
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Thanks for your reply. I used the word "renouncement", because that's what my mother said. Both my parents were born in Europe and became Canadian citizens in the 50's and 60's. When they became US citizens they had to give up all of their Canadian Citizen paperwork, so maybe it was different for them than me since I was born there. I will get my adult children applying soon. Super!
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07-02-2017, 11:44 PM
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There was a time when the US required renunciation of foreign citizenship. There were a series of legal decisions in the 1980s that overturned this policy as being unconstitutional. Further, some countries (the UK for example) did not recognize the renunciation. The determination of Canadian citizenship does not revolve around US law, but around Canadian law and ultimately IRCC is the arbiter of whether or not you remained Canadian citizens under Canadian law.

If you were a Canadian citizen at the time of their birth, they are Canadian citizens.

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