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 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has begun the process of revoking your citizenship under section 10 or 10.1 of the Act. This measure will stay in effect until CIC informs you of the decision on the revocation.
What you must send with your application
You must include the required documents listed on the last page of the Application to renounce Canadian citizenship under subsection 9(1) (CIT 0302).
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
- Amended birth certificate
- 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.
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 publicNote 2
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:
Outside of Canada:
- a notary public Note 2
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.
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 persons||Amount per person||Amount due|
|Renunciation of Canadian 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 payment
Payment issue - No fee included
CIC will return your application.
Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested fees.
Payment issue - Insufficient fees included
CIC will return your application.
Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested 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 issue – Expired payment
For expired certified cheques, bank drafts and money orders only. CIC will return your application.
Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with requested fees.
Payment method options
Payment of fees online is the preferred method of payment.
Online fee payment
You can pay your fees online if you have:
- a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express);
- access to a computer with an Internet connection;
- a valid e-mail address, and
- access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt).
Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay using the Internet.
- Go to Pay my fees online.
- Follow the online instructions.
- At the end, click on the button to print the CIC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.
Do not exit without printing the receipt!
- Fill in the Payer Information section by hand.
- 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 printed in step 2 of the instructions above will serve as your proof of payment.
Fee payment at financial institutions in Canada
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO PAYMENT METHODS:
Starting February 1st 2016, you will no longer be able to order new Payment Receipt Forms (IMM 5401) from CIC.
Canadian Financial Institutions will continue to accept the IMM 5401 Payment Receipt until March 31st 2016.
If you do not wish to pay using the Internet, you must make the payment 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. An original receipt of payment form IMM 5401 is required to process the payment. This form is not available online. You must order an original receipt of payment form (IMM 5401) by mail. Include a copy of this receipt with your paper application.
The only acceptable forms of payment are online or through a financial institution in Canada. If you send any other form of payment, CIC will return your application.
For clients located inside Canada only.
A payment receipt form (IMM 5401) can be ordered through our fees receipt page.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay at a financial institution in Canada.
Important information: Use an original payment receipt form (pink and white). A photocopy is not acceptable.
For more information. See: “Obtaining an original payment receipt form – Inside Canada” in this section.
Fill out one (1) payment receipt form (IMM 5401) by doing the following:
Calculate the total fee amount to be paid using the chart Calculating your fees at the beginning of this section.
Insert the total amount paid on line 09 Citizenship or Immigration Services Fees.
Important information: Do not complete the top two portions (Copy 1 and Copy 2) of the receipt. The financial institution will complete these.
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 (Copy 1 and Copy 2) of the receipt form, and
- give you these top two portions of the form.
Important information: Do not make payment using the automated teller machines or on a financial institution website.
The following list indicates what you should be doing with the different parts of the IMM 5401 receipt.
- Copy 1 - Client's copy (top portion): Keep for your records.
- Copy 2 - To be sent to CIC (middle portion): Attach to your completed application.
- Copy 3 (bottom portion): The financial institution will keep the bottom part.
Proof of payment
Completed payment receipt form (Original form IMM 5401)
Obtaining an original payment receipt form–Inside Canada
You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through the fees receipt page.
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
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 names, 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 reasons 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.
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.
C. We may need to contact you by phone. List the phone numbers where you can be reached.
D. 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 CIC to transmit all correspondence, including your file and personal information, to this specific e-mail address.
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 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.
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 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 CIC 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 CIC has begun revocation proceedings under Section 10 or Section 10.1 of the Act.
If the processing of your renunciation application has begun and then CIC begins 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 CIC 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 the CIC Help Centre page.
Quality Assurance Program
Our quality assurance program randomly selects applications for a special review. If selected you will be asked to attend an interview with a Citizenship and Immigration official so that we can:
- verify the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
- verify that your application has been completed properly.
Note: You will be notified in writing should your application be selected.
If you need help, you can find answers to your questions by consulting the Help Centre.
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