Although you may want to make Canada your new home, you may also wish to maintain important ties to your home nation. Fortunately, you may be able to maintain citizenship status in both nations through dual nationality.
Maintaining Dual Nationality
Canada does not require naturalized citizens to renounce their citizen status in their country of origin upon gaining Canadian citizenship. Many people are surprised to learn Canadian law is silent on the subject altogether.
On the other hand, this does not mean all countries allow their citizens to hold citizenship in another country. Some countries prohibit their citizens from holding citizenship in two countries, so it is important to check the laws of your home country before pursuing Canadian citizenship.
Furthermore, becoming a citizen of another nation could jeopardize your Canadian citizenship if you pursue dual citizenship after you have become a citizen of Canada. Although Canadian immigration law does not punish individuals who acquire foreign citizenship automatically, such as through birth, an individual may risk losing his or her Canadian citizenship if they pursue foreign citizenship with an intention of renouncing his or her Canadian citizenship.
Should I Renounce My Citizenship?
Each country has specific laws and regulations regarding renouncing citizenship. Before you surrender your citizenship in any country, it is important to speak with an experienced immigration attorney to determine your rights and options.
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