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 your 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 a Canadian citizen. You must return any Canadian citizenship certificates in your possession. For further inquiries see the “How to Contact CIC” section at the end of this guide.
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.
If you renounce your Canadian citizenship, you lose all the rights and privileges of a Canadian citizen. If you have any questions about this, you should ask the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate, if you are residing outside Canada, or contact the Call Centre, if applying from within Canada.
Who can apply to renounce their Canadian citizenship?
To renounce your Canadian citizenship using this application you must:
- not reside in Canada;
- be a Canadian citizen;
- be a citizen of a country other than Canada, or show that you will become a citizen of a country other than Canada, if your application to renounce is accepted;
- not be a threat to Canada’s security or part of a pattern of criminal activity;
- be 18 years of age or older; and
- understand the significance of renouncing your Canadian citizenship.
What you must send with your application
See the Citizenship fees section of this guide.
You must send originals or 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.
Certified true copies
To have a copy 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;
- his or her signature.
Documents needed are:
- a birth certificate or, if unobtainable, other evidence that establishes your date and place of birth;
- evidence that establishes your Canadian citizenship, for example: certificate of Canadian citizenship or Canadian provincial birth certificate;
- evidence that establishes that you are, or will become a citizen of a country other than Canada, if your application to renounce Canadian citizenship is approved;
- evidence you live outside Canada;
- two (2) additional pieces of identification.
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.
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.
Important information. Translations by family members are not acceptable.
Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.
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 by visiting their website at: www.etatcivil.gouv.qc.ca.
Note: Additional documents may be required during the processing of your application.
Failure to include the necessary documents (e.g., two (2) pieces of identification) will result in delays in processing your application.
- provide two (2) identical citizenship photographs (except Renunciation applications, only one (1) photo is required);
- 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
- do not staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.
Calculating your fees
Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. Fees must be included with this application.
|Processing Free||Number of
|Amount per person||Amount
|Renunciation of Canadian citizenship||x $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 payment
Incorrect fee payments may delay processing your application.
Payment issue – No fee included
CIC will return your application.
Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with requested fees.
Payment issue – Insufficient fees included
CIC will inform you of how much to pay and how to pay.
Note: Processing of your application will only continue after you provide the missing fees.
Payment issue – Overpayment
- start processing your application, and
- send you a refund as soon as possible.
Note: You do not have to request a refund, it will be done automatically.
Payment method options
Preferred method of payment
Important information. Payment of fees online is the preferred method of payment for both inside and outside Canada.
Inside and outside Canada – Online fee payment
For clients located inside and outside of Canada.
You can pay your fees online if you have:
- a credit card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)
- access to a computer with an Internet connection
- a valid email address
- access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt)
Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay using the Internet.
- Go to the CIC website
- Follow the online instructions
At the end, click on the button to print the CIC official receipt.
Note. Do not exit without printing the receipt (page)!
- Fill in the Payer Information Section by hand.
- Attach the bottom portion (copy 2) of this receipt to your completed application.
Proof of payment
The receipt printed off of the Internet in step 2 of the instructions above will serve as your proof of payment.
Inside Canada only – Fee payment at financial institutions
If you do not wish to pay using the Internet, payment must be made at a financial institution in Canada. The financial institution will let you know what method of payment it accepts. There is no banking charge to pay at a financial institution.
Note. The only acceptable forms of payment inside Canada are online or through a financial institution. If you send any other form of payment inside Canada your application will be returned.
For clients located inside Canada only.
A payment receipt form (IMM 5401) can be ordered online.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay at a financial institution in Canada.
- Calculate the total fee amount to be paid using the chart Calculating your fees at the beginning of this section.
- Fill out one (1) payment receipt form (IMM 5401).
Important information. An original payment receipt form (pink and white) must be used. A photocopy is not acceptable.
For more information. See Obtaining an original receipt form – inside Canada in this section.
- Insert the total amount paid on line 09 Citizenship or Immigration Services Fees.
Important information. Do not complete the top two portions of the receipt. These will be completed by the financial institution.
- Fill in the Payer Information section on the back of the payment receipt form.
Do you already have an open file and know the client identification number (client ID) that we have assigned to you?
- If yes, enter the number in the box provided for that purpose.
- If no, leave that box empty.
- Bring the receipt form and your payment to the teller (cashier) at the financial institution. Do not present your application, only your receipt form.
The teller (cashier) will:
- stamp and enter the amount paid in the upper two portions of the receipt form, and
- give you the top two portions of the form.
- The following list indicates what you should be doing with the different parts of the IMM 5401 receipt.
- Copy 1 (top): Keep for your records.
- Copy 2 (middle): Attach to your completed application.
- Copy 3 (bottom): The financial institution will keep the bottom part.
Proof of payment
Completed payment receipt form (Original form IMM 5401)
Obtaining an original receipt form – inside Canada
You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) inside Canada by:
- ordering through our website
For more information. See Contact Information at the beginning of this guide.
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 bring your completed application and the correct fees.
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 visiting the CIC website
- Select Pay your fees.
- Select 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
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.
A. Write down your surname/last name and given name(s), as they appear on your certificate of Canadian citizenship or birth certificate.
B. 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.).
C. 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.)
D. 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 reason(s) you wish to renounce your Canadian citizenship.
Indicate if you live inside or outside Canada. Provide proof of residence.
A. Provide your current home address complete with postal code (or foreign equivalent).
B. If your mailing address is different from your home address, include your mailing address, complete with postal code.
C. We may need to contact you by phone. List the phone number(s) where you can be reached.
D. Indicate your e-mail address using this format (if applicable): email@example.com CIC may contact via e-mail if necessary
A. 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.
B. 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 name(s), 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 (1) 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.
A. Indicate if you are claiming Canadian citizenship by birth outside Canada to a Canadian parent.
B. Indicate if you have entered Canada. If yes, write down the date you entered.
C. 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/last name, given name(s), date of birth and place/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 (1) 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 his or her parents was employed by a foreign government or international agency. If yes, provide details.
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. Make sure you are eligible to renounce your Canadian citizenship because the application fee is not refundable.
You must sign the bottom of the photo with the same signature used on the application and on other official documents.
The application must be signed and dated before it is sent for processing. If your application is not signed and dated, it will be returned to you. Your application will also be returned to you if it is stale-dated (we receive an application signed more than three (3) months ago) or if it is post-dated (we receive an application dated into the future).
The individual, authorized officer of a firm or organization who assisted in the completion of this application must complete and sign this section.
Where to send your application
If you are living in Canada or the United States, on the envelope to mail your application, print:
(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, 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, 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 your application is approved, you will receive a certificate of renunciation.
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 :
- Log on to Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website at www.cic.gc.ca
- Click on Check Application Status in the Online Services section on the right-hand side of the home page.
- Then click on Client Application Status and 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 on our website at www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/canada/cit-renunciation.asp
Protecting your application information
We protect your personal information. Your personal information is only available to our employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you. We will not disclose any information to anyone else without your written consent. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) on our website.
Remember: You must advise us of any change of address or telephone number by calling the Call Centre or by entering your new address on our website by clicking on the “Online Service – Change of Address” feature.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a quality assurance program. In this program, some applications are randomly selected for special review. The review means that you might be called to an interview with a Citizenship and Immigration Canada official, so that we can make sure that all the documents you gave us are correct, and that your application was completed properly. The interview is very short, and should not result in any delay to the processing of your application.
Quality Assurance Program
Our quality assurance program randomly selects applications for a special review. If selected you may be asked to attend an interview with a Citizenship and Immigration official so that we can:
- verify the documentation you submitted is accurate;
- verify that your application has been completed properly.
Note: You will be notified in writing should your application be selected.
How to contact CIC
Contact the CIC Call Centre to talk with an agent at: 1 888 242-2100 (toll-free)
Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time
If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. your local time by calling: 1-888-576-8502 (in Canada only).
In the United States:
- Send a letter to:
- If you submitted your application directly to CIC in Sydney, Nova Scotia on or after September 2, 2013 use the address in the instruction guide.
- If you submitted your application to a Canadian embassy or consulate before September 2, 2013 contact the same Canadian embassy or consulate.
Outside Canada and the United States
Contact the Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
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