Determine your eligibility – Renouncing citizenship

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
  • understand the significance of renouncing your Canadian citizenship.

Note: If you acquired or reacquired your citizenship as a result of changes to the Citizenship Act that took effect on April 17, 2009, and you applied to renounce your citizenship through the streamlined process, you will receive a document confirming your citizenship was renounced, instead of a certificate of renunciation. See the Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship for certain persons who acquired citizenship on April 17, 2009 (R7.1).

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