Am I a Canadian citizen if my parent is a Canadian?

You are eligible for Canadian citizenship if your parent is a Canadian, but you need to apply.

Canada allows the children of its citizens to apply for Canadian citizenship.

If you have at least one biological or legal parent who was a Canadian citizenship at the time of your birth, you can submit a Proof of Citizenship application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

You are able to claim Canadian citizenship at any time in your life. You are also able to apply for Proof of Citizenship even if your Canadian parent is deceased.

Becoming a Canadian citizen is beneficial for many reasons. Canada is a stable country with a diverse society and strong economy. The country offers safety, security, universal healthcare, and high quality education. In addition, the Canadian passport is one of the world’s strongest, offering visa-free travel to 185 countries.

An experienced and trusted Canadian immigration lawyer can help submit your Proof of Citizenship application. They will use their expertise to ensure you submit a complete and accurate application. This is important since the pandemic has slowed down IRCC’s processing. Pre-pandemic, it took IRCC five months to process Proof of Citizenship applications. Now its website is reporting an average processing time of 17 months. A lawyer can help you avoid waiting any longer than necessary to gain Canadian citizenship.

The good news is Canada is making greater investments in technology to improve its immigration processing.