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Posted On: 10/10/2015
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If a person came to Canada with his siblings and they all had refugee status then after a couple of years they all had their citizenship. But one of them decides to visit back home, would this bring trouble to the other siblings or just the person who went back?
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Posted On: 10/23/2015
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

Generally, it is not a good idea to return to your home country or country of habitual residence before becoming a Canadian citizen if you are a refugee or a permanent resident who was previously a refugee.

If a refugee or former refugee returns they could lose their status and be deported.

You can find this information on the Your Legal Rights website in the How can a refugee lose their status in Canada? section.

It states that this does not generally apply once citizenship is obtained. However, we suggest that it is important that you contact a lawyer who is familiar with Canadian immigration issues in order to confirm how to proceed in order to not jeopardize your status or your family members' status.

We will post some additional information for you shortly.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Posted On: 10/29/2015
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Hello,

We have received some additional information from one of our legal researchers that may be helpful to you.

If you are referring to “trouble” regarding the individual and his sibling’s legal status, the information below may be useful.

According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada guide to the Revocation of Citizenship,


Canadian law allows for revocation in certain circumstances. Subsections 10(1) and 10.1(1) of the Citizenship Act provide that a person’s citizenship or renunciation of citizenship may be revoked if the person obtains, retains, renounces, or resumes citizenship by
- false representation;
- fraud; or
- knowingly concealing material circumstances.


For more a detailed response specific to your situation, it would be best to contact the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Call Centre directly or contact a lawyer who is familiar with Canadian immigration issues in order to confirm how to proceed in order to not jeopardize your status or your family members' status.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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