New Citizenship Rules For Canadians

As of April 17, 2009 New citizenship rules have been implemented. This was done to correct problems that were found in previous citizenship rules. The new rules are designed to make the rules easier to understand citizenship and apply. 

The three main changes in common rules for citizenship are:

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The restoration or grant of citizenship to citizens who either never had citizenship or had lost their citizenship because of previous laws on citizenship. The new rules limit citizenship to the first generation of children born to Canadian parents outside Canada's borders.

It allows people who have been embraced outside Canada by Canadian parents among the dates of January 1, 1947, and February 14, 1977 to put in an application for citizenship without having to go through the immigration process.

Previous citizenship rules were more confused and leads to a lot of people are not sure of their standing citizenship in Canada. Before the new rules came into force, people living outside Canada who were born to Canadian parents, or was Canadian grandparents had to apply to keep or retain their citizenship.

The new law simplifies because the first generation born outside Canada is now granted citizenship without a citizenship application. It was believed that the first generation born outside Canada at least be known of their parents' citizenship status. 

The new law does not force the first generation of children born to Canadian parents outside Canada to become citizens. They have this privilege at birth but are free to give up if they wish. There is a process of free waiver simplified available to adults who have been affected by changes in the citizenship law which came into force in 2009. 

If you do not know if you affected by changes to the rules of Canadian citizenship, you may want to consult a Canadian lawyer. Including changes and can clearly define your citizenship status. If you want to change your status Canadian lawyers can also help you complete the necessary documents to cancel newly awarded citizenship.