Give up (renounce) Canadian citizenship: Who can apply


To be eligible to apply to renounce your Canadian citizenship, you must:

  • be a citizen of a country other than Canada or become a citizen of a country other than Canada if your application to renounce is approved
  • not live in Canada
  • be at least 18 years old
  • not be a threat to Canada’s security or part of a pattern of criminal activity
  • not be prevented from understanding the significance of renouncing your Canadian citizenship by reason of having a mental disability and
  • not be subject to revocation of citizenship proceedings.
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