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You are already eligible for Canadian citizenship if you were born in a country other than Canada to at least one Canadian parent.

You do not have to go through the common application process to become a citizen if you already meet the requirements for citizenship. These requirements include meeting the physical presence requirement as a permanent resident, passing a test of your knowledge, and participating in a citizenship ceremony.

Instead, you must apply evidence of your citizenship, also referred to as a citizenship certificate. If you were born in Canada, you almost certainly already have Canadian citizenship unless you were born to parents who were foreign diplomats.

If you were born outside of Canada but at least one of your parents was a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for citizenship even though you were born outside of the country.

To be considered a member of the first generation of Canadians, one of your parents had to have been born in Canada or acquired citizenship by applying for it.

You are not qualified to receive proof of citizenship if your grandparent immigrated to Canada in the early years of the country’s history and your parent obtained citizenship through descent. However, you still have a chance to become a citizen of Canada if you go through the appropriate immigration channels.

Procedure for Proof of Citizenship Application Process

You must download the application package from the IRCC’s website to apply for proof of citizenship. You are required to provide evidence that either of your biological or legal parents was a citizen of Canada when you were born. The IRCC will accept documentation such as a birth certificate for either you or your parent, a Canadian citizenship card, or a citizenship certificate.

Once the IRCC verifies that the submitted application is in its entirety, it will send an acknowledgment of receipt, also known as an AOR. If the application is accepted, the IRCC will send a citizenship certificate to the applicant.

On the website of the IRCC, you will find a link that allows you to check the processing status of your application online. Processing times can sometimes be longer when dealing with complex files.

People who need to access benefits such as healthcare, a social insurance number, start a job, or emergency travel to or from Canada can take advantage of the IRCC’s urgent processing option.

The application fee for the Canadian government is $75 Canadian Dollars. You can retain the services of a Canadian immigration lawyer to assist you throughout the process.

An experienced immigration lawyer will be able to verify that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements and will be able to assist you in proving your Canadian citizenship without any unnecessary delays.

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