For foreign nationals who have at least one parent who was a Canadian citizen at the time of their birth, they are eligible for Canadian citizenship through proof of citizenship. This means that even if you were born outside of Canada, you may still be eligible for Canadian citizenship. However, there are strict criteria to meet in order to obtain proof of citizenship as a foreign national.
It’s important to note that to be eligible as a foreign national, the individual must be a direct descendant (child) of a Canadian citizen. Also, applications for proof of citizenship involve a $75 fee. Successful applicants will receive a Canadian citizenship certificate upon IRCC approval, which can take approximately 10 months, according to the department’s latest available processing time estimates.
Obtaining Canadian citizenship provides access to various benefits, including the ability to apply for a Canadian passport, which was ranked as the 7th strongest passport in the world. Additionally, Canadian citizens have the right to vote in federal elections and can acquire a social insurance number (SIN).
In conclusion, obtaining proof of citizenship is an important step for foreign nationals who want to access the benefits that come with being a Canadian citizen. To find out if you are eligible and to discuss your application, you can get a free legal consultation on applying for proof of Canadian citizenship.
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