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Father naturalised Canadian - but dead. Any help?

Old Jul 26th 2012, 3:55 pm
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My father was born in the UK in 1936. Shortly after I was born in 1965 he decided he didn't want anything to do with family life, and disappeared for the rest of my life. In 1998 I found out he had died that year in British Columbia. He had become a Canadian citizen in the early 70's. As it turns out, my life and his have been pretty similar without knowing it. By '98 I had already spent a fair bit of time in the Pacific NW in Oregon, and have now lived in Idaho for 10 years, and became a US citizen a couple of years ago.

Before the possibility of living in the US came about, I did look into emigrating to Canada. This was before knowing about my dad. For whatever reason, I still think I might be better off in Canada and wonder if having a dead relative who was a Canadian citizen, even though naturalised, is any advantage. I can't imagine I have any right to a Canadian passport, but maybe it might add some weight to a permanent residency application? Or is the fact he is dead and not able to sponsor me the main factor?

Any light anyone can shed would be gratefully received. Cheers.
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Unfortunately I dont think a dead relative holds any weight.
Also when he became a Canadian citizen it did not entitle you to Canadian citizenship so unfortunately you would have to apply by other channels
as per this link
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp
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Default Re: Father naturalised Canadian - but dead. Any help?

If OP was born in 1965, and OP's absentee father became a Canadian citizen before 1975, OP was a minor child at the time his father became a citizen. However, I guess the exact matter of yes or no would depend on if OP's father became a citizen under the 1946 or 1975 act, and exactly what those acts say about that situation. Tricky!
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Old Jul 26th 2012, 10:46 pm
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Thanks for your replies. I'm not sure of the year he became a citizen - I'd have to check on that. Any suggestions on where to get a definitive answer on that issue raised by Duckman? I think in the USA I would have had to apply for US citizenship before becoming an adult, so maybe it would be the same in Canada. Maybe I should just make a call to an immigration office in B.C. to shed light on it? Or Canadian immigration lawyer?
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You could ascertain if he was definitely a Canadian Citizen (and in what year) by making an application for a search - but you will need proof of his death (certificate) and proof of your connection to him. You can do this through CIC : http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/search-how.asp

You can do a check to see if you are a Canadian Citizen (once you know what year your Father obtained citizenship) by using this tool: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizen...ules/index.asp however, as he wasn't a citizen at the time of your birth you may have lost your chance, it may be worth making further enquiries though if he became a naturalised Citizen prior to you reaching adulthood.


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I did the self assessment tool based on the info given in the OP and it stated NOT a citizen. There again it only a tool.
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Well I guess my dad never was good for anything! I didn't imagine I would qualify for Canadian citizenship anyway. Just thought maybe him becoming Canadian might add a few points to my application if I went down that route and moved north a bit. Thanks for everyone's input.
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Well I guess my dad never was good for anything! I didn't imagine I would qualify for Canadian citizenship anyway. Just thought maybe him becoming Canadian might add a few points to my application if I went down that route and moved north a bit. Thanks for everyone's input.
Did you try the self assessment tool/
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizen...ules/index.asp
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I did. When I got to the fifth question, the only relevant answer for me was: "I was born on or after January 1, 1947, and neither of my birth parents was a Canadian citizen at the time of my birth", and it told me that it appeared I was not a citizen of Canada.
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