Give up (renounce) citizenship

In some situations, you might decide that you want to renounce (give up) your Canadian citizenship. For example, if you are or want to become a citizen of a country that does not allow dual citizenship, you may choose to renounce your Canadian citizenship.

For a renunciation of Canadian citizenship to be recognized in Canada, you must make a formal application to renounce your citizenship.

If you renounce your Canadian citizenship, you will lose all the rights and privileges of Canadian citizenship. For example:

  • you will lose the right to travel under a Canadian passport.
  • you will lose the right to vote.
  • if you want to return to Canada as a permanent resident, you will have to go through the immigration process.

Determine your eligibility

Find out if you are eligible to give up your Canadian citizenship.


Follow the steps to apply to give up your citizenship. You can also find out how to apply for urgent processing.

Check processing times

Find out how long it will take Citizenship and Immigration Canada to process your application.

After you apply: get next steps

Learn what you should do after you apply to give up your Canadian citizenship.

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