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I have applied for permanent residence for my adopted child. Is it too late to apply for citizenship instead?

No. You can apply for a grant of citizenship for your adopted child, if:

  • at least one parent is a Canadian citizen by birth in Canada or through naturalization at the time of the adoption; and
  • you submit a citizenship grant application with the right documents and fees.

You do not need to withdraw your existing permanent residence application. However, if you do, you may be eligible for a refund, depending on when you withdraw.

  • If you withdraw your application before the visa office has assessed the sponsorship portion, you will get a full refund.
  • If the visa office has assessed the sponsorship portion but hasn’t started processing the permanent residence portion, you will get a partial refund (C$75 for children under 19 and C$475 for adults 19 or older).
  • Once the visa office has started processing the permanent residence portion, you will not get a refund.

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