How to Obtain Dual Citizenship From Canadian Grandparents

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Dual citizenship allows you to be a citizen of more than one country without losing your citizen rights at either country. Although dual citizenship is not allowed in some countries, Canada allows their citizens to keep their Canadian citizenship when they become a citizen of another country. You can obtain dual citizen from family connections, including your spouse and Canadian grandparents, as long as they are Canadian born, naturalized citizens or permanent residents.

  • Contact the Registrar of Canadian Citizenship Call Center to see if you are already a Canadian citizen by calling 1-888-242-2100. According to the Registrar of Canadian Citizenship, children born outside Canada to Canadian parents have to be registered to be recognized as Canadian citizens.

  • Request that your grandparents sponsor you to become a permanent resident. You will need to be under 18 years old, unmarried, orphaned and not in a common law relationship.

  • Have your grandparents sign a sponsorship agreement showing they can support you financially for 10 years or until you turn 25. They can sponsor you if you are a full-time student and fully dependent on them.

  • Apply for a permanent resident card through your grandparents. Your grandparents will have to prove that you live in Canada once you become a permanent resident. They can apply for a Canadian citizenship on your behalf if you are under 18, but you'll still need to meet the requirements for Immigration and Canadian citizenship.

  • Before proceeding, check to see if applying for Canadian citizenship will make you lose your citizenship in other countries.

  • Apply for citizenship as a minor grandchild by completing the Application for Canadian Citizenship-Minor form. This includes your full name; birth certificate or adoption record; record of landing; permanent resident card (front and back), if available; two pieces of ID for the child (school/immunization records, health cards); two photos of the child following the guide; and paying the citizen application fee and getting a receipt.

  • Mail Canadian citizenship application and documents to:

    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Case Processing Centre-Sydney
    P.O. Box 7000
    Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6V6

  • Study for the citizenship test and take it (ages 18 to 54) and attend the citizenship ceremony (age 14 or older) if you meet the basic citizenship requirements.

  • Get a citizenship certificate when you become a citizen (even if your parents are Canadian citizens) and gain dual citizenship as a Canadian citizen if the second nation recognizes your citizenship.

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