How to apply for proof of Canadian citizenship

Posted Feb 7, 2022 8:29 a.m. EST
Updated Feb 7, 2022 10:29 a.m. EST



Canadian citizenship becomes even more valuable in a context of growing uncertainty in the world.

The pandemic has disrupted every facet of our lives and there is great political uncertainty in both developed and developing countries.

Enter Canadian citizenship.

Acquiring Canadian citizenship offers a variety of benefits, including the opportunity to live and work in one of the best and most stable countries in the world. You are able to raise your family in a country that offers universal health care, high quality education, a stable political and financial environment, excellent job opportunities, among a host of other benefits. Being a citizen gives you access to a Canadian passport that allows you to travel visa-free to 185 countries.

It is for these reasons that Canadians seek to pass on their citizenship status to their children born abroad. Similarly, children of Canadian parents often apply for Canadian citizenship themselves.

An experienced Canadian immigration lawyer can help you apply for proof of citizenship, also known as a certificate of Canadian citizenship. Before the pandemic, it took the Canadian government about five months to process an application, but now it takes longer due to delays caused by the pandemic. Therefore, it is beneficial to continue with the application process now so that you can enjoy the benefits of Canadian citizenship as soon as possible. One of the main benefits of hiring an experienced attorney is that they can help you avoid unnecessary mistakes and delays by ensuring you submit the strongest proof of citizenship application possible.

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How can I apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate?

Typically, applications for proof of citizenship are submitted by adults with a Canadian-born parent who thought they were eligible for Canadian citizenship but were never sure. In addition, these applications are submitted by Canadian parents on behalf of their foreign-born children, or submitted by the children themselves.

IRCC requires proof that at least one biological or legal parent was a Canadian citizen when the child was born. Examples of proof include birth certificate, citizenship card or parent’s citizenship certificate.

The total Canadian government application fee is C$75.

IRCC will then review it to ensure it is complete. You will then receive an “acknowledgment of receipt”. If your case is complicated, IRCC may need to contact you for more information or documents. IRCC may also need more time to process complicated cases.

Once IRCC approves your application, they will send you a certificate of Canadian citizenship.

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