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Do I have to give up my citizenship when I become Canadian?

You do not have to give up your citizenship to become Canadian. You should check the laws of the country you are from to see if it allows dual citizenship.

Canadian law allows you to hold two or more citizenships. This means that you do not have to give up your citizenship in order to become Canadian.

Some other countries, however, will take away your citizenship if you become Canadian.

If you are a citizen of another country, check with your government office to find out what the laws are.

What should I consider about dual citizenship?

You might still have obligations to your other country of citizenship, even if you become Canadian. For example, you may have to pay tax or serve in the military.

You should take care when you travel. Some countries forbid you from travelling on more than one passport.

The Government of Canada recommends that you travel on your Canadian passport so that you can access Canadian consular support, if you need assistance.

For More Information

  • Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know - Find out more about dual and multiple citizenships and what you can do to avoid problems. From the Government of Canada.
  • Canadian Citizenship - Information from Citizenship and Immigration Canada on Canadian citizenship.
  • How to Become a Canadian Citizen - This brochure explains the citizenship application process and eligibility requirements. From Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
  • CitizenshipCounts.ca - A website and free iPhone/Android app that helps people study for the citizenship test and learn about the benefits of citizenship.
Last Updated: March 16, 2012
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