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Old 04-01-2016, 02:21 PM
 
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Hi there,

I am a US Citizen but my biological father is canadian born. My father passed away in halifax, nova scotia but was born in Edmonton, Alberta. I would like to obtain dual citizenship but I am wondering what documents I need in order to do so. Father's birth and/or death certificate? etc etc


also do i need to apply for proof of citizenship before I can obtain a passport or do I just apply for a canadian passport straightaway?


cheers and thank you in advance for the help!
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:34 PM
 
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Every person born outside Canada but within one generation of the native-born or naturalized citizen parent is automatically a Canadian citizen by descent

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca....aspx?lang=eng



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Old 04-01-2016, 05:20 PM
 
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And in case you didn't follow the link, a link is on that one to apply for your documents. Once you have those, you can apply for a passport.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:40 PM
 
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I'm in a similar situation. I'm planning to go through the process to claim my citizenship since I fall under the Canadian by descent category (my mother), but it's looking like spouses aren't automatically included, so I think my husband might have to go through the standard immigration process from scratch. If you have a spouse or dependents, be aware that this may be the case. Based on my research, they can't just up and live with you in Canada just because you're a citizen.

(I am not a lawyer.)
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:10 PM
 
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Every person born outside Canada but within one generation of the native-born or naturalized citizen parent is automatically a Canadian citizen by descent

Citizenship



That link is to the Canadian embassy in Germany. Do you know the web address for this information for people in countries other than Germany? I am in the US.

This seems interesting:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizen...ules/index.asp
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:19 AM
 
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Sharp eye Siskia i totally missed that.
The German version is certainly written in a much clearer and concise fashion that the Canadian version which seems overly complex and as a result i now have no idea on a brief scan if our op is eligible for Canadian citizen by decent.
Changes to citizenship rules

I'd presume this clause would apply to our op=

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In 2009, you became a Canadian citizen if you:

  • were born outside Canada in the first generation to a Canadian parent on or after January 1, 1947 and you lost or never had citizenship due to former citizenship provisions;
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Once a person has established their Canadian Citizenship...they can do a spousal sponsorship application, for a spousal VISA. That allows the spouse and any dependant minor children to live in Canada.


The spousal sponsorship VISA is detailed in this link.


Sponsor your spouse, partner or children


Remember that in order to use this method, a person has to first establish their citizenship status.


Jim B.
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Old 04-06-2016, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Woodfield
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Remember that in order to use this method, a person has to first establish their citizenship status.

Jim B.
And bear in mind it took 22 months for my kids to get their citizenship certificates applying from the US. Only now can they apply for a passport.

Application for a citizenship certificate (adults and minors)

At least the process wasn't too onerous in terms of paperwork, the most unnerving part was the complete radio silence from the government as to what was going on, the website didn't update beyond application received. But we had time and were patient and one day they just showed up.

Right now the website is showing 9 months but I wouldn't trust that, unless our delay was a Harper thing.

And no, spouses aren't automatically inlcuded if you want to move back. You should apply for a (outland) permanent residence card, which could take a year or so depending on the spouses country of origin.

Application to Sponsor a Member of the Family Class
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