Table of Contents
- Citizenship fees
- How to complete your application
- Where to send your application
- What happens next
This is not a legal document. For legal information, refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations or the Citizenship Act and Regulations, as applicable.
This publication is available in alternative formats upon request.
This application is for an adult Canadian citizen who wishes to renounce his or her Canadian citizenship. To renounce your Canadian citizenship you must prove you are a Canadian citizen. You must also prove that you are, or will become a citizen of a country other than Canada, if this application to renounce is approved.
Note: If you acquired or reacquired Canadian citizenship as a result of changes to the Citizenship Act that took effect on April 17, 2009, you may be eligible to apply to renounce your citizenship under section 7.1 of the Citizenship Regulations. See the guide Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship for certain persons who acquired citizenship on April 17, 2009 (R7.1).
Why you need to read this guide?
This guide provides all of the instructions necessary to complete this application. As a result of reading the guide, you should be able to:
- complete the application form, and
- determine what supporting documents need to be included.
What happens if I renounce my Canadian Citizenship?
If you renounce your Canadian citizenship, you lose all the rights and privileges of being a Canadian citizen and will have no status in Canada. This means that if you wish to return to Canada permanently, you will have to apply for a permanent resident visa. If you wish to return to Canada temporarily (to visit, work or study), you will have to apply for a temporary resident visa, if applicable.
Before you apply
Read the instructions carefully. They contain important information. Be sure you are eligible to apply before you submit your application. There is no refund of the processing fee.
What are the requirements?
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: The Minister has the discretion to waive some of the requirements aforementioned for compassionate reasons.
Who cannot apply to renounce Canadian citizenship?
You are not eligible to renounce your Canadian citizenship if Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has begun the process of revoking your citizenship under section 10 or 10.1 of the Act. This measure will stay in effect until IRCC informs you of the decision on the revocation.
What you must send with your application
Refer to the Document Checklist (CIT 0402) to assist you in gathering the necessary documentation.
You must send clear and legible certified true copies. An authorized person must swear or affirm that the copies are true copies of the originals. Within Canada, an authorized person can be a commissioner of oaths, a notary public or a justice of the peace.
Outside Canada, an authorized person can be a foreign service officer, a judge, a magistrate, an officer of a court of justice or a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the person is living.
Consult the information below to determine the documents that are to be included with your application.
If you have legally changed your name within Canada
Then you must submit a copy of the change of name document issued by a Canadian province or territory, or by the appropriate foreign-state authority. The document must show both your previous and amended names.
The following documents are accepted:
- Legal change of name document
- Court order specifying name change
- Adoption order
The following documents are accepted for changes to family name only:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree
- Registration or declaration of union issued by civil authorities
- Revocation of declaration or annulment of union issued by civil authorities
- Registration for common-law relationship, in provinces that permit changes of name for common-law relationships under their provincial/territorial law
If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing in Canada
Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:
- A foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
- A document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation); and
- A document in the new name from Canadian provinces or territories (ex. driver's license, health card, age of majority card, senior citizen’s identification card, or social service card)
If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing outside Canada
Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:
- a foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
- a document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation) or other foreign legal change of name document issued by foreign authorities; and
- an authoritative national or state/province (or equivalent) issued photo identification document issued in the country or state/province in which you reside that displays the new name, such as:
- a foreign passport or other travel documents, if you are a dual citizen;
- a state/provincial (or equivalent) identification card.
If you have applied and obtained an amendment to your Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence due to errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording your name, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of name.
Important information: Once processing of your application has begun a name change can only be made due to an administrative error made by the Department, or a legal change of name.
Important information: You cannot request a change of the adopted person’s name after Part 2 of the application has been submitted.
If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the request for a change of name, the name that appears on the citizenship certificate will be the name listed on the adoption order.
Changing sex designation
If you are requesting a change of sex designation, you must submit proof to support the request. See below for the list of acceptable documents you may submit.
Documentary evidence issued in Canada
To request a change of sex designation where the documentary evidence was issued in Canada, you must submit one of the following documents issued by a provincial or territorial authority:
- a legal document issued by provincial or territorial vital statistics organizations showing a change of sex designation;
- a court order; or
- an amended birth certificate showing a change of sex designation.
IRCC does not require proof of sex reassignment surgery to amend the sex designation on documents. However, you may, in order to support your request to change your sex designation, submit proof of sex reassignment surgery (partial or full) from a medical practitioner in good standing with the regulatory body under which they practice.
If you have an amendment to your Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence because of errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording your sex, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of sex.
Note: Your provincial or territorial identification (such as a driver’s license) is not enough to process a change of sex designation. You must submit:
- one of the documents listed above, or
- a statutory declaration and a letter from a physician or psychologist as listed below.
If you cannot get any of the documentary evidence listed above, you must submit both of the following documents:
- a Statutory Declaration – Request for a Change of Sex Designation (CIT 0404) (PDF, 734 KB) stating:
- that your gender identity matches the requested change in sex designation,
- that you are living full-time in the gender corresponding to the sex designation requested to appear on the IRCC document, and
the reason why you could not submit a provincial or territorial document (see requirements for witnesses below);
- the Support for a change of sex designation on an IRCC document (CIT 0552) (PDF, 710 KB) from an authorized physician or psychologist stating that:
- they are a practicing member in good standing with the appropriate regulatory body;
- they have treated or evaluated you; and
- they confirm that your gender identity does not match the sex designation as recorded by IRCC.
Note: If you do not explain why you did not submit a provincial or territorial document, your application will be returned as incomplete.
If you are residing in Canada, the statutory declaration will need to be witnessed and sworn in the presence of:
- a notary public,
- a commissioner of taking oaths, or
- a commissioner of taking affidavits.
If you are residing outside Canada, it must be sworn in the presence of a notary public.
Documentary evidence issued outside Canada
If your documentary evidence is issued outside Canada, you must submit the following:
a document showing a change in sex designation, such as a legal order, court order or amended birth certificate
- a Statutory Declaration – Request for a Change of Sex Designation (CIT 0404) (PDF, 734 KB) with the Support for a change of sex designation on an IRCC document (CIT 0552) (PDF, 710.01 KB) from an authorized physician or psychologist; and
- photo identification issued by the national, state or provincial (or equivalent) authority where you reside, showing the amended sex designation.
IRCC does not require proof of sex reassignment surgery in order to amend the sex designation on documents. However, you may, in order to support your request to change your sex designation, submit proof of sex reassignment surgery (partial or full) from a medical practitioner in good standing with the regulatory body under which they practice.
If you are residing in Canada, supplementary photo identification can include the following documents issued by a Canadian province or territory:
- a driver's license;
- a health card;
- an age of majority card;
- a social services card;
- a senior citizen identification card.
If you are residing outside Canada, supplementary photo identification can include:
- an amended foreign passport, for dual Canadian citizens; or
- a national or state identification card.
Any copy of a foreign passport or national authoritative document should show:
- the document type and number,
- the issuance date and expiry date, and
- your full name, photo and date of birth.
Note: If you are unable to provide photo identification in the amended sex designation, you must explain why (example: fear of persecution or you were not able to amend foreign documents before you amended your Canadian documents). If you do not provide photo identification and you have failed to provide an adequate reason, the application will be returned as incomplete.
Certified true copies
To have a photocopy of a document certified, an authorized person must compare the original document to the photocopy and must print the following on the photocopy:
- “I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,
- the name of the original document,
- the date of the certification,
- his or her name,
- his or her official position or title, and
- his or her signature.
Who can certify copies?
Persons authorized to certify copies include the following:
- a notary public
- a commissioner of oaths
- a commissioner of taking affidavits
Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.
- a notary public
Authority to certify international documents varies by country. Consult your local authorities.
Family members may not certify copies of your documents. Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.
Translation of documents
Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by:
- the English or French translation; and
- an affidavit from the person who completed the translation; and
- a certified copy of the original document.
Translations may be done by a person who is fluent in both languages (English or French and the unofficial language). If the translation is not provided by a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial organization of translators and interpreters in Canada, the translation must be accompanied by an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the language proficiency of the translator.
The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:
- a notary public
- a commissioner of oaths
- a commissioner of taking affidavits
Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.
Outside of Canada:
- a notary public
Authority to administer oaths varies by country. Consult your local authorities.
Important information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by members of the applicant’s family. Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.
Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document. Translators who are certified members in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada do not need to supply an affidavit.
Documents issued by the Quebec Government
Baptismal certificates, birth certificates, and marriage certificates issued by the government of Quebec before January 1, 1994, are no longer accepted. If you have one of these certificates, you must obtain a new document. This can be done by contacting the office of the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec.
Note: Additional documents may be required during the processing of your application.
Failure to include the necessary documents (for example: two pieces of identification) will result in delays in processing your application.
- provide one (1) citizenship photograph;
- print the Citizenship Photo Specifications page and take it to the photographer to make sure you get the correct size photo;
- follow the steps explained on the form; and
- not staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.
Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. Fees must be included with this application.
|Application (per person)||$CAN|
|Renounce your citizenship||$100|
Explanation of fees and refunds
The following table describes the fees that are required and if they are refundable. All payment must be made in Canadian funds.
Amount: $100 for each person
Non-refundable once processing has begun, regardless of the final decision.
Incorrect fee payments
Payment issue - you didn’t pay the fees or you didn’t pay enough fees
We will return your application (see section 10 of the IRPR for more information).
Note: We will only start processing your application after your return it with the correct fees.
Payment issue - Overpayment
- start processing your application, and
- send you a refund as soon as possible.
Note: You do not have to ask for a refund, it will be done automatically.
Pay your fees online
You can pay your fees online if you have:
- a valid email address;
- access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt), and
- a credit or debit card.
Follow these instructions to pay using the Internet.
- Go to online Payment.
- Follow the online instructions.
- At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.
Do not exit without printing the receipt!
- Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application. Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.
Proof of payment
The receipt you printed is your proof of payment.
The only acceptable form of payment is online payment. If you send any other form of payment, IRCC will return your application.
You can submit an IMM 5401 payment receipt with your application only if it was date-stamped by a Canadian financial institution before April 1st, 2016.
Outside Canada only
The following mode of payment may be used if you do not have access to the Internet.
If you do not have access to the Internet, you may pay directly to the Canadian embassy, High Commission or consulate closest to your home.
Make sure you submit your completed application and the correct fees. If more than one adult member of your family is applying for renunciation of Canadian citizenship, pay all the fees together.
Note: The only acceptable forms of payment outside Canada are online or payment directly to the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your area.
You can find information on fee payment methods outside Canada by
- Going to Pay your fees.
- Selecting Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates.
You must choose the consular office responsible for your area.
Note: Consular offices cannot accept:
- receipts for fees paid in Canada, or
- personal cheques.
How to complete your application
The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted:
- Application to Renounce Canadian Citizenship [CIT 0302]
- Use of a Representative (IMM 5476), if applicable
- Statutory Declaration – Request for a Change of Sex Designation (CIT 0404)
- Support for a change of sex designation on an IRCC document (CIT 0552)
Follow the instructions carefully. Delays will result if the application is not properly completed, or if all of the necessary documents have not been submitted. If you need more space to answer any questions use an extra sheet of paper and indicate the number and/or letter of the question you are answering.
Warning: If you send us an application that has any misleading or fraudulent information on it, you can be charged with a criminal offence, and you may be subject to criminal prosecution in a court and refusal of your application for renunciation of citizenship.
Follow these step-by-step instructions
You must indicate whether you would like service in English or French.
You must indicate if you have ever applied to renounce your Canadian citizenship before. Check “no” or “yes”. If “ yes” give the date you last applied.
- You must indicate if you ever had a certificate of Canadian citizenship or naturalization by checking “no” or “yes”. If you check “yes”, write down the surname/last name, given names, certificate number and the date the certificate was issued.
- You must indicate whether you are returning the certificate of Canadian citizenship and/or the pink transmission copy of a certificate with your application. If not, indicate if the certificate was stolen, lost, or destroyed. Indicate if the theft or loss was reported to police and give details. You must return any Canadian citizenship certificates in your possession. Failure to do so will result in delays in processing your application.
- Write down your surname/last name and given names, as they appear on your certificate of Canadian citizenship or birth certificate.
- If you have legally changed your name, indicate what your new name is. Remember to supply the original or a certified true copy of your legal change of name document (for example, provincial/foreign government change of name certificate, court order, marriage certificate, adoption order, divorce decree, etc.).
- If you have used another name in the past, or are known by a name other than the one you listed above, write it down on the application form. (Other names can include your birth name, nicknames, call names, community names, etc.)
- You may request that the certificate of renunciation of Canadian citizenship show a name other than the one on your Canadian citizenship certificate or birth certificate, if you can provide identification to support the name you are requesting. If this change is significant, linking documentation showing the use of both names, or the basis for the change will also be required. Examples of linking documents include a marriage certificate, a foreign change of name certificate, an adoption order, a foreign passport showing both names, or a divorce decree.
Note: You cannot request a name change after your application has been submitted.
- Question 5A
Check the box to indicate if you are a citizen or a national of a country other than Canada. If yes, indicate the name of the country.
If no, and you are not a citizen of another country, write the name of the country of which you will become a citizen if your application to renounce Canadian citizenship is approved. Attach proof.
- Question 5B
- Indicate the reasons you wish to renounce your Canadian citizenship.
Indicate if you live inside or outside Canada. Provide proof of residence.
- Provide your current home address complete with postal code (or foreign equivalent).
- If your mailing address is different from your home address, include your mailing address, complete with postal code.
- If the mailing address is that of a representative, you must indicate their mailing address(es) in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.
- We may need to contact you by phone. List the phone numbers where you can be reached.
- If applicable, write your e-mail address using a format similar to the following: firstname.lastname@example.org
If the email address is that of a representative, you must indicate their e-mail address in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.
Note: By writing your e-mail address, you are hereby authorizing us to transmit all correspondence, including your file and personal information, to this specific e-mail address.
- Print your date of birth exactly as it appears on your certificate of Canadian citizenship or your birth certificate. This is the date of birth that will appear on your certificate of renunciation of Canadian citizenship. Indicate the place and country where you were born.
- Indicate whether you are male or female, your height, the colour of your eyes and your legal marital status.
If you received a certificate of Canadian citizenship on or after February 15,1977, go to Section 12.
If you are a woman and married before January 1, 1947:
- Print your husband’s surname/last name, given names, country and date of birth.
- Print the country in which you were married and the date of your marriage.
- Indicate if your husband is a Canadian citizen; if he is, provide the details.
- Enter the number from your husband’s citizenship certificate, if he has one, and the date he acquired citizenship.
If your most recent certificate of Canadian citizenship was issued before February 15, 1977 or you have never had a certificate, list all absences from Canada of one year or longer before 1977. List from the date you left Canada to the date you returned. Indicate the country where you went and the reason for the absence.
- Indicate if you are claiming Canadian citizenship by birth outside Canada to a Canadian parent.
- Indicate if you have entered Canada. If yes, write down the date you entered.
- Indicate if you were a British subject living in Canada before 1947. If yes, write down the date you entered Canada.
Answer all questions on information regarding your parents:
- Indicate the relationship of your parents to you by indicating Natural or Adoptive.
- Print your parents surname and last name, given names, date of birth and place and country of birth.
- Indicate where your parents were married (if applicable) and the date of the marriage.
- Indicate how your parents obtained Canadian citizenship.
- Indicate if your parents have left Canada for more than one year before 1977. If yes, write the dates they were away and the country (countries) they visited.
- Indicate if your parents are or were citizens of a country other than Canada. If yes, write the details showing the country, date and how the citizenship was obtained.
- Indicate if your parents were employed in Canada by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
- If your parents were born in Canada, indicate if one of your grandparents was employed by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
If you appoint an individual, firm or organization as your representative, you must complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476). Note that once you appoint a representative, all correspondence from us regarding your application will be directed to them and not to you.
For instructions on completing the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476), see: Guide 5561 – Instructions – Use of a Representative.
You must sign the application with the signature you currently use on other official documents. Indicate where and when (place and date) you signed your application.
If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you. If you are a minor (under 18 years of age) at the time of signature, the application will be returned to you. There is no provision in the Act for a minor to renounce citizenship. Your application will also be returned to you if it is stale-dated (we receive an application signed more than three months ago) or if it is post-dated (we receive an application dated into the future).
Where to send your application
If you are living in Canada or the United States, complete the mailing envelope as follows:
(Your Postal Code)
Case Processing Centre - Sydney
P.O. Box 10000
SYDNEY, NS B1P 7C1
If you are sending more than one application (for example, applications for family members), you may send one receipt to cover all applications. Mail the receipt and all applications together in one envelope so that they will be processed together.
If you are living outside Canada or the United States, submit your application to a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate for processing.
What happens next
Once your application is received in Sydney, Nova Scotia and is considered complete, it will be reviewed and processing will begin.
Some applications may encounter delays and require more time for processing. In these cases, you will be contacted for more information or asked to supply additional documents.
If you are sending an application from outside Canada and the US, through a consular mission, allow sufficient time for your application to be received at the Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as mail service can vary between countries. If you reside in the US, send your application directly to the CPC in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
If your application is approved, you will receive a certificate of renunciation.
Your application, along with the processing fee, will be returned to you if we have begun revocation proceedings under Section 10 or Section 10.1 of the Act.
If the processing of your renunciation application has begun and then we begin the process of revoking your citizenship under section 10 or section 10.1 of the Act, the processing of your renunciation application will be suspended until a decision is made on the revocation process.
Checking your application status
In Canada and the United States
You may Contact Us or go online to see the current status of your application:
- Go to Check application status.
- Follow the instructions provided.
To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) section.
If you are outside Canada and the United States:
Contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your region.
You can obtain current processing times for renunciation applications online.
Protecting your information
Your personal information is:
- only available to IRCC and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you, and
- not disclosed to other organizations except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act.
For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting our Help Centre page.
Quality Assurance Program
Our quality assurance program randomly chooses applications for a special review. If chosen, we will ask you to attend an interview with an IRCC official to:
- verify that the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
- verify that your application has been completed properly.
Note: We will notify you in writing if your application is chosen.
If you need help, you can find answers to your questions by visiting the Help Centre.
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