U.S. senator Ted Cruz (R.-Tex.), a tea party blowhard who is a likely Republican candidate for president in 2016, was in the news recently for giving up his Canadian dual citizenship. He was born in Alberta to U.S. parents, and renounced his Canadian citizenship nine months after he allegedly first found out about it.Cruz’s motivation for renouncing his citizenship – his dreams of the White House — may be unique. However, there are numerous other reasons why some Canadian citizens give up their citizenship, such as the country they desire to live in won’t accept dual citizenship or they wish to stop paying Canadian taxes.
If you are considering renouncing your Canadian citizenship, you need to understand that you will lose all the rights and privileges of Canadian citizenship. For example:
- you will lose the right to travel under a Canadian passport.
- you will lose the right to vote.
- if you want to ever return to Canada as a permanent resident, you will have find a way to be eligible and then go through the immigration process.
To be eligible to renounce your Canadian citizenship, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- prove that you are or that you will 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 and, as noted above,
- understand the significance of renouncing your Canadian citizenship.
To proceed to give up your Canadian citizenship, you must fill out an Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship and pay the requisite fee. If your application is approved, CIC will send you a certificate of renunciation like the one they recently sent Sen. Cruz. If you have any questions or concerns about renouncing your Canadian citizenship, please contact experienced Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky.
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