Apply to give up (renounce) Canadian citizenship urgently

If you have not yet sent your application

  1. Download and print the application form. You will likely use the Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship. If you became a citizen as a result of changes to the Citizenship Act in 2009, use the Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship for certain persons who acquired citizenship on April 17, 2009 (R7.1). If you do not know which form to use, see the Determine your eligibility page.  
  2. Complete the application form. Answer all the questions.
  3. Put the required documents, photographs and fees in the same envelope as the application.
  4. Include an explanation of why you need urgent processing. You should include any documents that will support your explanation.
  5. Write “Urgent – Renunciation of Canadian Citizenship” in large, dark letters on the envelope

If you do not answer all the questions or do not include the documents, photographs and fees we need, we will not process it urgently. We will process your application normally.

Mailing your application

If you live in Canada or the United States, mail your application to the address listed in:

If you live outside Canada and outside the United States, contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your region. They will tell you where to mail the application.

If you have already sent your application and now require urgent processing

If you live in Canada, contact the CIC Call Centre and speak to an agent. The agent will tell you if we can process your request to give up Canadian citizenship urgently. If we can, the agent will explain what you will need to do.

If you live in the United States:

  • Send a letter to:
    • If you sent your application on or after September 2, 2013, use the address in the instruction guide.
    • If you sent your application before September 2, 2013, contact the Canadian embassy or consulate where you sent your application.
  • Write “Urgent – Renunciation of Canadian Citizenship” in large, dark letters on the envelope.
  • Include an explanation of why you need urgent processing. Make sure your explanation includes your full name, telephone numbers, and date of birth.

If you live outside Canada and outside the United States, contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your region. They will tell you where to mail the application.

 
 
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