Guide CIT 0496 - Application to renounce Canadian citizenship – R7.1 (for certain persons who acquired citizenship under amendments to the Citizenship Act in 2009 or 2015)

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Overview

Application package

This application package has:

  • an instruction guide, and
  • the forms you need to fill out.

The instruction guide:

  • has information you must know before you submit your application, and
  • explains how to fill out the forms and gather your supporting documents.

Read the instruction guide completely and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are designed with questions that will help the processing of your application.


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Before you apply

What happens if I renounce my Canadian citizenship?

If you renounce your Canadian citizenship, you lose all the rights and privileges of being a Canadian citizen and will have no status in Canada. This means that if you wish to return to Canada permanently, you will have to apply for a permanent resident visa. If you wish to return to Canada temporarily, (i.e., to visit, work or study) you will have to apply for a temporary resident visa, if applicable.

You must return any Canadian citizenship certificates in your possession. For further inquiries, see the “How to contact us” section at the end of this guide.


Who may use this application?

This application is for a person who automatically acquired Canadian citizenship due to amendments to the Citizenship Act in 2009 or 2015, and who wishes to renounce their Canadian citizenship under section 7.1 of the Citizenship Regulations.

Note: If you did not acquire Canadian citizenship automatically in 2009 or 2015, you must complete the Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship under Subsection 9(1).

To know more about who became or did not become a citizen automatically in 2009 or 2015 consult the page on Changes to citizenship rules in 2009 or 2015.

Note: Persons who are Canadian citizens under paragraph 3(1)(b) as a result of the 2009 amendments are not eligible to renounce under section 7.1.


Assessing your eligibility

To renounce your Canadian citizenship using this application you must:

  • have acquired Canadian citizenship automatically in 2009 or 2015 under one of the paragraphs of the Citizenship Act listed below,
  • be a citizen of another country or, if the application is approved, will become a citizen of another country, and
  • not be prevented from understanding the significance of renouncing citizenship by reason of a mental disability.

The following will help you to determine under which paragraph you are a citizen and the documents required to renounce your citizenship.

Under the Citizenship Act, a person is a Canadian citizen as a result of the 2009 or 2015 amendments, if they:

Under 3(1)(b):
  • were born outside Canada after February 14, 1977 to a parent born before January 1, 1947 (or April 1, 1949 in the case of Newfoundland and Labrador) who, as a result of legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act on June 11, 2015, is a citizen under one of paragraphs 3(1)(k) to (n) (see below); and
  • had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 1 or 2 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(f):
  • were formerly a citizen;
  • ceased to be a citizen for any reason other than:
    • renunciation of citizenship under specific provisions of the 1947 Canadian Citizenship Act or renunciation under the 1977 Citizenship Act;
    • revocation of citizenship under specific provisions of the 1947 Act or revocation under the 1977 Act; or
    • failure to retain citizenship under the 1977 Act.
    • has not resumed citizenship since its loss.

Refer to scenario 1 or 3 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(g):
  • were born outside Canada in the first generation between January 1, 1947, and February 14, 1977, inclusive;
  • acquired citizenship automatically as a result of legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act on April 17, 2009 or June 11, 2015;
  • at the time of the birth, one of their parents was a Canadian citizen (or parent acquired Canadian citizenship automatically as a result of legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act on April 17, 2009 or June 11, 2015; and
  • had, before acquiring citizenship automatically as a result of legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act on April 17, 2009 or June 11, 2015, never been a citizen by way of grant before these dates.

Refer to scenario 5 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(k):

  • were, before January 1, 1947, born or naturalized in Canada;
  • ceased to be a British subject before that date;
  • did not become a citizen on January 1, 1947; and
  • you had, before June 11,2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 5 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(l):
  • were, before April 1, 1949, born or naturalized in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • ceased to be a British subject before that date;
  • did not become a citizen on or before April 1, 1949; and
  • you had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 5 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(m):
  • were, on January 1, 1947, a British subject neither born nor naturalized in Canada;
  • were ordinarily resident in Canada on that date;
  • did not become a citizen on January 1, 1947; and
  • you had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 6 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(n):
  • were, on April 1, 1949, a British subject neither born nor naturalized in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • were ordinarily resident there on that date;
  • did not become a citizen on or before April 1, 1949; and
  • you had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 6 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(o):

  • were born outside Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador before January 1, 1947 to a parent who became a citizen as a result of legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act on June 11, 2015 and is a citizen under paragraph 3(1)(k) or (m);
  • did not become a citizen on January 1, 1947; and
  • you had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 7 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(p):

  • were born outside Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador before April 1, 1949 to a parent who became a citizen as a result of legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act on June 11, 2015 and is a citizen under paragraph 3(1)(l) or (n);
  • did not become a citizen on or before April 1, 1949; and
  • you had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 7 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(q):
  • were born outside Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador before January 1, 1947 in the first generation to a parent who became a citizen on January 1, 1947 under the Canadian Citizenship Act ;
  • did not become a citizen on January 1, 1947; and
  • you had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 8 in the checklist for required documents.

Under 3(1)(r):
  • were born outside Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador before April 1, 1949 in the first generation to a parent who became a citizen on April 1, 1949 under the Canadian Citizenship Act;
  • did not become a citizen on or before April 1, 1949; and
  • you had, before June 11, 2015, never been a citizen.

Refer to scenario 8 in the checklist for required documents.


Step 1. Gather documents

What documents are required?

Refer to the Document Checklist (CIT 0501) for the list of the required documents.

Note: If any of the required documents are missing, or photocopies are not clear, your application may be returned to you.

Note: Additional documents will be required during the processing of your application.


Name change

Consult the information below to determine the documents that are to be included with your application.

If you have legally changed your name within Canada

Then you must submit a copy of the change of name document issued by a Canadian province or territory, or by the appropriate foreign-state authority. The document must show both your previous and amended names.

The following documents are accepted:

  • Legal change of name document
  • Court order specifying name change
  • Adoption order

The following documents are accepted for changes to family name only:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Registration or declaration of union issued by civil authorities
  • Revocation of declaration or annulment of union issued by civil authorities
  • Registration for common-law relationship, in provinces that permit changes of name for common-law relationships under their provincial/territorial law

If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing in Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • A foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • A document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation); and
  • A document in the new name from Canadian provinces or territories (ex. driver's licence, health card, age of majority card, senior citizen’s identification card, or social service card)

If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing outside Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • a foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • a document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation) or other foreign legal change of name document issued by foreign authorities; and
  • an authoritative national or state/province (or equivalent) issued photo identification document issued in the country or state/province in which you reside that displays the new name, such as:
    • a foreign passport or other travel documents, if you are a dual citizen;
    • a state/provincial (or equivalent) identification card.

If you have applied and obtained an amendment to your Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence due to errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording your name, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of name.

Important information: Once processing of your application has begun a name change can only be made due to an administrative error made by the Department, or a legal change of name.

Important information: You cannot request a change of an adopted person’s name after Part 2 of the application has been submitted.
If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the request for a change of name, the name that appears on the citizenship certificate will be the name listed on the adoption order.


Gender change

If you need to change the gender on your citizenship certificate or would like to use a different gender than the one on your immigration document, complete and submit the Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier with your application.


Quebec government documents

The following documents issued by the government of Quebec before January 1, 1994 are not acceptable documents in support of an application for a citizenship certificate.

  • baptismal certificates
  • birth certificates, and
  • marriage certificates.

For more information. If you are currently in possession of one of these certificates you must obtain a new document by contacting the office of the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec


Certified true copies

To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must (as described below) compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:

  • “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,
  • the name of the original document,
  • the date of the certification,
  • their name,
  • their official position or title, and
  • their signature.

Who can certify copies?

Only authorized people

small exclamation warning signImportant information: Certifying of copies must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Check with your local provincial or territorial authorities to learn who has the authority to certify.

Outside Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Check with your local authorities to learn who has the authority to certify in your country.


Translation of documents

You must submit the following for any document that is not in English or French, unless otherwise stated on your document checklist:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation (see below for details); and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

small exclamation warning signImportant information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

Translators who are certified in Canada don’t need to supply an affidavit. A certified translator will provide both a certified translation and certified copies of the original documents.

An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country where the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document.

The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside of Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to administer oaths varies by country. Consult your local authorities.



Note

Photographs

You must:

  • provide one (1) citizenship photograph;
  • print the Citizenship Photo Specifications page and take it to the photographer to make sure you get the correct size photo;
  • follow the steps explained on the form; and
  • not staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.

Step 2. Complete the application

Filling out the application

Note: It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information you provide on your application may be subject to verification.



Important information

Be complete and accurate

Complete all sections. If a section does not apply to you, write “Not Applicable” or “NA”. If your application is incomplete it may be returned to you and this will delay the processing of your application.

If you need more space for any section, print out an additional page containing the appropriate section, complete it and submit it along with your application.


Section 1

Question 1
Indicate whether you would like service in English or French.

Section 2

Question 2

Check the box to indicate if you ever had a certificate of Canadian citizenship or naturalization. If yes, write your certificate number (if you have one).

Note: You must return any Canadian citizenship certificates in your possession. Failure to do so will result in delays in processing your application.


Section 3

Question 3A

Write down your last name (surname/family name) and given name(s).

Question 3B

If you have used other names in the past, or are known by a name other than the one you listed above, write them in the space provided.

Other names can include your:

  • birth name,
  • nicknames,
  • community names, etc.

Note: You can use a separate piece of paper if required.


Section 4

Question 4A
Write your date of birth exactly as it appears on your birth certificate or citizenship certificate. Indicate the place and country where you were born.
Question 4B
Check the box to indicate whether you are a F Female, M Male or X Another gender. Include your height, the colour of your eyes, and your legal marital status.

Section 5

Question 5A
Provide your current home address including your postal code.
Question 5B
If your mailing address is different from your home address, include your mailing address with your postal code.

If the mailing address is that of a representative, you must indicate their mailing address(es) in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.

Question 5C
List the phone number(s) and email where you can be reached.

If the email address is that of a representative, you must indicate their e-mail address in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.

If applicable, write your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: name@provider.net

Note: By indicating your e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing us to transmit all correspondence, including your file and personal information to this specific e-mail address.


Section 6

Question 6A

Check the box to indicate if you are a citizen or a national of a country other than Canada. If yes, indicate the name of the country.

If no, and you are not a citizen of another country, write the name of the country of which you will become a citizen if your application to renounce Canadian citizenship is approved. Attach proof.

Question 6B
Indicate the reason(s) you wish to renounce your Canadian citizenship.

Section 7

If you are a woman and married before January 1, 1947:

  • Write your spouse’s surname/last name, given name(s), country and date of birth.
  • Write the country in which you were married and the date of your marriage.
  • Check the box to indicate if your spouse is a Canadian citizen. If yes, check the box to indicate if it was by “birth” or “other”. If you select “other”, provide the details.
  • If your spouse has a citizenship certificate, write the certificate number and the date your spouse acquired citizenship.

Section 8

You must indicate if you left Canada for 1 year or longer before 1977. If yes, provide the dates you were away, the country of destination and the reason you went to that country.


Section 9

Check the box to indicate if you have ever lived in Canada. If yes, indicate either since birth or the date you first entered to live.


Section 10

  • Check the box to indicate the relationship of your parents to you by selecting Natural or Adoptive.
  • Print your parents surname/last name, other names used, given name(s), date of birth and country of birth.
  • Indicate where your parents were married (if applicable), and the date of the marriage.
  • Indicate how your parents obtained Canadian citizenship.
  • Check the box to indicate whether your parents left Canada for more than one (1) year before 1977. If yes, provide the dates they were away and the country they visited.
  • Check the box to indicate if your parents are or were citizens of a country other than Canada. If yes, provide the details including the country, date and how the citizenship was obtained.
  • Check the box to indicate if at the time of your birth, your parents were employed in Canada by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
  • If your parents were born in Canada, check the box to indicate if one of your grandparents was employed by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.

Section 11

If you appoint an individual, firm or organization as your representative, you must complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476). Note that once you appoint a representative, all correspondence from us regarding your application will be directed to them and not to you.

For instructions on completing the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476), see: Guide 5561 – Instructions – Use of a Representative.


Section 12

Make sure to read the declaration. Then sign the application with the signature you currently use on other official documents and include the place and date.

Note: Your application will be returned to you if:

  • You have appointed an individual, firm or organization as your representative and did not submit the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) with your application or this form was submitted incomplete.
  • You appoint a compensated representative who is not a member of the following designated bodies:
    • Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
    • Lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision; or
    • Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaries du Québec and students-at-law under their supervision.

Step 3. Fees

There is no fee for this application.


Step 4. Mail the application

Where to mail the application

For applicants living inside Canada and the United States

Mail your completed application in a stamped envelope to the address shown below:

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope) (Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)
Recipient (centre of the envelope)
Case Processing Centre – Sydney
Renunciation (R7.1)
P.O. Box 12000
Sydney, NS  B1P 7C2
Canada

Or

For applicants living outside Canada and the United States

Once you have completed all the sections of your application and gathered all required documents and photo, submit your application to the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate closest to your home.


If you are sending more than one application

If you are sending more than one application (for example, applications for family members), send all applications together in one envelope so that they will be processed together.



Note

Reminders…

  • The application must be signed and dated before it is mailed. If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you.
  • Your application will also be returned to you if it is stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before we receive it) or it is post-dated (dated after you mailed it).
  • Make sure to use the Document checklist (CIT 0501) and include it and all required documents and photograph with your application.
  • If you have appointed someone to act as your representative, you have included the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476).

What happens next?

  • Once your application is received in Sydney, Nova Scotia and is considered complete, it will be reviewed and processing will start.
  • Some applications may encounter delays and require more time for processing. In these cases, you will be contacted for more information or asked to supply additional documents.
  • If you are sending an application from outside Canada and the US, through a consular mission, allow sufficient time for your application to be received at the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as mail service can vary between countries. If you reside in the US, send your application directly to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia,
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a renunciation document which will show the date you ceased to be a Canadian citizen.


Important information

Updating your contact information

During the application process, you must advise us of any change of address, telephone number or email address by:


Checking application status

In Canada and the United States

You may Contact Us or go online to see the current status of your application:

  1. Click on Check application status, and
  2. follow the instructions provided.

To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) section.

If you are outside Canada and the United States:

Contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your region


Your personal information

Your personal information is:

  • available to IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you, and
  • not disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act and the Citizenship Regulations.

For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre.


Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly chooses applications for a special review. If chosen, we will ask you to attend an interview with an IRCC official to:

  • verify that the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
  • verify that your application has been completed properly.

Note: We will notify you in writing if your application is chosen.



For more information

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You can check current processing times on the Check application processing times webpage.

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