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Is my son a Canadian citizen / dual national?

Old Dec 13th 2009, 7:39 am
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Hi,

I haven't given this much thought in the past but I think the law has changed recently.
We emigrated to Canada in 1994 from the UK as landed Immigrants with the IMM 1000 visa. Our son was born in Fredericton NB in 1995. We left about four months later. Is our son a Canadian citizen / dual national? As I said I haven't thought about this much as we are happy in the UK but having dual nationality might give our son some advantages at some stage.

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Originally Posted by stevey396
Hi,

I haven't given this much thought in the past but I think the law has changed recently.
We emigrated to Canada in 1994 from the UK as landed Immigrants with the IMM 1000 visa. Our son was born in Fredericton NB in 1995. We left about four months later. Is our son a Canadian citizen / dual national? As I said I haven't thought about this much as we are happy in the UK but having dual nationality might give our son some advantages at some stage.

Thanks
Steve
Hi Steve,

I would assume he is as he was born in Canada (have never heard of an instance where you can be born there but not a citizen other than having diplomats for parents, which I assume you weren't). But take this test from CIC's website to be sure.............http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizen...ules/index.asp

Hope that helps.
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Hi,
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I had a look at this before and it seemed quite straightforward I just wondered if there were any gotcha's! On the basis that he is a Canadian citizen I take it he could study at a Canadian university if he wanted to when he is eighteen (he's a very bright kid - just like his dad lol). Could he just apply for a Canadian passport and PR card?
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Hi,
Thanks for the reply. Yes, I had a look at this before and it seemed quite straightforward I just wondered if there were any gotcha's! On the basis that he is a Canadian citizen I take it he could study at a Canadian university if he wanted to when he is eighteen (he's a very bright kid - just like his dad lol). Could he just apply for a Canadian passport and PR card?
He won't need a PR card (can be either a Permanent Resident or citizen, not both!), but he can apply for a Canadian passport if he's a citizen.

The advantage if he does want to go to uni in Canada is that he won't have to pay international tuition fees, so that will be a big saving for you.

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You read my mind good!
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You read my mind good!
But he also has to be resident in the relevant province for at least 12 months before starting Uni., otherwise he'd pay out-of-province fees for the first year.
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Spoilsport! Anyway, it's all hypothetical at the moment but he's growing up - fast!
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Spoilsport! Anyway, it's all hypothetical at the moment but he's growing up - fast!
Just telling it like it is.

Enjoy him growing up while you can. It doesn't last forever.
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Looking at the UNB tutition fees it doesn't mention out-of-province fees.
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Looking at the UNB tutition fees it doesn't mention out-of-province fees.
I should have added the standard rider...

"This remark applies to Ontario universities. Other Provinces may vary."
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OK, fair play. Thanks for taking the time to reply.
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Hi,

I haven't given this much thought in the past but I think the law has changed recently.
We emigrated to Canada in 1994 from the UK as landed Immigrants with the IMM 1000 visa. Our son was born in Fredericton NB in 1995. We left about four months later. Is our son a Canadian citizen / dual national? As I said I haven't thought about this much as we are happy in the UK but having dual nationality might give our son some advantages at some stage.
1. Yes, he is a Canadian citizen.

2. His future children will be Canadian citizens by descent.

3. If he is a British citizen (you don't say) then he's British by descent, read:
http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Britis...hip_by_Descent

4. He should maintain a Canadian passport.
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4. He should maintain a Canadian passport.
He may want to instead apply for a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. It never expires and can be used to enter Canada or apply for required services.
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hi,
Thanks for replying. What is the process for this?
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Old Dec 15th 2009, 6:34 am
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Apologies for being lazy. I just googled and got the information. I think I have been through this before but I understand our landed immigrants visas (IMM 1000) are null and void now even though our son qualifies as a Canadian citizen? Lucky him.
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