Americans can get Canadian citizenship if at least one parent is Canadian

Americans with at least one Canadian parent can obtain Canadian citizenship by applying for proof of citizenship. Americans born as first-generation Canadian citizens may be eligible for Canadian citizenship by descent.

In order to prove that you are eligible for citizenship, you must apply for proof of citizenship. You can apply at any age, even if your parent is deceased. The app costs about $75.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requires citizenship applicants to provide proof that their biological or legal parents were in fact Canadian citizens at the time of their birth. You can provide proof, such as your parent’s birth certificate, Canadian citizenship card, or citizenship certificate.

You can apply online for proof of citizenship if your Canadian parent was:

  • Granted citizenship on or after April 17, 2009, or
  • Born in Canada on or after February 15, 1977.

Otherwise, you must submit a paper application. Once you have submitted your proof of citizenship application and proof of government fees, IRCC will review them to ensure they are complete. You will then receive a “Receipt Confirmation”. If your case is complex, IRCC may need to contact you for more information or documents. IRCC may also need more time for complex cases.

After IRCC approves your application, they will send you a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship. With proof of citizenship, you can call Canada home. You can get a Canadian passport, vote in elections, and enjoy the many privileges that come with being a Canadian, such as: B. General health care. At the same time, you do not have to renounce your U.S. citizenship.

An experienced Canadian immigration attorney can help you file your application to ensure that you meet all requirements and can obtain Canadian citizenship without delay.