I am an american citizen but was born in Canada. I would like to get a dual citizenship is that possible? Nothing. No I

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Customer: I am an american citizen but was born in Canada. I would like to get a dual citizenship is that possible?
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the U.S. government?
Customer: no, nothing.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: no I have not.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No, not really. My adult children would like to gain citizenship to Canada through me.
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Hello - My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to assist you today. I am a Canadian lawyer who can answer immigration and citizenship questions.

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If you were born in Canada and are also an American citizen, you already have dual citizenship because you acquired your Canadian citizenship by being born here and unless you had to renounce it in order to acquire your American citizenship, you are still a Canadian citizen. Both U.S and Canada allow dual citizenship.

With respect to your children, they can acquire Canadian citizenship because of your citizenship in Canada.

In order to do this, they need to apply for proof of citizenship by completing the application form and submitting it along with documentation which proves you were born in Canada and their birth certificates which show you are their parent.

Here is the link from Canada Immigration's website on the application process

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-citizenship/proof-citizenship/apply.html

Hope this answers your question.

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What if I don't remember if I did or didn't renounce being a Canadian? Would that present a problem?
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It was a long time ago.
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JJL11, Expert

Can you tell me what year you became a US citizen ?

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JJL11, Expert

Do you remember if it was before or after 1967 because that is the year the U.S. started recognizing dual citizenship .

If you had to renounce your Canadian citizenship, you would have had to complete an application and Citizenship and Immigration Canada would have notified you that you were no longer a Canadian citizen .

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I received my passport in 1979. My father was at University when I was born in Windsor Ontario. Both parents where US citizens but I have Candian birth certificate. My birth day is 5/6/1964 so I'm not young.
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JJL11, Expert

In that case, if you became a US. citizen in 1979, you are probably still a Canadian citizen. As I explained, you would have had to go through an application process to renounce your Canadian citizenship.

I would suggest that your children should try to get proof of Canadian citizenship if they have the necessary documentation.

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What if my mother did it when I was a minor. I have no knowledge of ever being told I renounced it or the paperwork however I would of been only 15 1/2.
Customer
She could of done it without my knowledge.
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JJL11, Expert

The only way of knowing is for your children to apply for proof of citizenship. A search will be done of your citizenship status before they grant citizenship to your children.

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Thank you
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You are welcome.

It would be appreciated if you could submit a rating for my service today because that is how I get credit for helping you.

A good rating would be great if you were fully satisfied !

Thank you and take care.

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You are great I will rate you but, one more question can't I apply for proof of citizenship for $75.00. I read it takes 5 months which is fine.
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JJL11, Expert

Yes you can too . If you want, you can apply first and pay $75. 00 and if you get verification that you are still a Canadian citizen, then your children can apply for proof.

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Thank. I believe I rated you great and given a tip. If I need to do anything else let me know. I have no more question. Thanks
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JJL11, Expert

Thanks so much for the rating and for the bonus.

Feel free to text back with any follow up questions which are free of charge.

All the best.

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