How to get Canadian citizenship if your parent is Canadian

Posted March 25, 2022 9:00 a.m. EDT

There are significant advantages to being a Canadian citizen.

You have the ability to live permanently in a country with a stable economy, society and political environment. This includes access to plenty of job opportunities, universal healthcare, high-quality education for your children, and a passport that allows visa-free travel to 185 countries. These are among the main reasons why those with Canadian parents apply for Canadian citizenship for themselves.

You can apply for Canadian citizenship at any time in your life. There is no age limit on when you can submit an application for proof of citizenship. Additionally, you can submit the application whether your Canadian relative is living or deceased.

A Canadian immigration lawyer can use their expertise to help you apply for proof of citizenship, also known as a certificate of Canadian citizenship. An experienced immigration attorney can ensure you avoid unnecessary mistakes and delays by submitting a complete and accurate proof of citizenship application on your behalf. This is crucial as the pandemic is causing Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processing times to slow down. Processing times for proof of citizenship applications before the pandemic were around five months, but it is now taking longer. The good news is that IRCC is pursuing a host of modernization initiatives to improve its processing times.

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How can I apply for Canadian citizenship if my parent is Canadian?

IRCC requires that you provide proof that at least one biological or legal parent was a Canadian citizen at the time of your birth.

Proof can be presented in the form of a birth certificate, citizenship card or parent’s citizenship certificate. The IRCC application fee is CA$75.

Once IRCC has confirmed that your application is complete, it will provide you with an “acknowledgment of receipt”.

After approving your application, IRCC will send you a certificate of Canadian citizenship.

Canada has one of the most open citizenship policies in the world and is one of the best countries in the world. As such, you should make the most of the opportunity to become Canadian yourself.

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