Posted On: 1/27/2017
I've discovered recently that I am a dual citizen! I was born in the states in the 60s. My father was born in Quebec in the 20s, came to the US in the 50s and became a US citizen sometime before 1964.
Under the old rules I was not a Canadian because my father had become an American citizen by the time I was born. Apparently, under the new rules put in place in 2015, it only matters that one parent was born in Canada and lived there in 1947.
How do I prove where my father lived in 1947? He would have been in his early 20s then and was working on the family farm, where if they kept employment records, they are long gone. I know he collected a small pension (Old Age pension, I believe) from Canada for about 10 years before he died based on the ~10 years he worked there before coming to the US. I don't know how he proved his employment to get that pension.
My question is this... can I request records from whatever agency administers the Old Age Pension to prove that he had enough residency to collect the pension? I have no idea if this would be sufficient to CIS but it's worth a shot. I don't even know how to begin working on that.
Any other suggestions for proving my dad's residency in 1947?
Posted On: 19 days ago
Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.
We can appreciate that you would be interested in this type of information.
According to the Document Checklist - Application for a Citizenship Certificate (Proof of Citizenship), it states that in the case stated below you will require a certified copy of the following,
Scenario 3 - If you were born outside Canada on or after January 1, 1947 to a Canadian parent or a parent who became a citizen as a result of the legislative amendments to the Citizenship Act on April 17, 2009 or June 11, 2015:
- proof that one or both of your natural parents were Canadian citizens when you were born, such as:
- your parent(s)' provincial or territorial birth certificate,
- Canadian citizenship certificate,
- certificate of registration of birth abroad,
- retention certificate, or
- British naturalization certificate
Unfortunately, it does not state any other documents that can be used to try and prove Canadian Citizenship.
You may want to try and contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) directly for some information.
We have had some of our users previously state that they have been able to contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) from abroad by dialing 1 613 944 4000. Listen to the options to get to IRCC. Then you should be transferred to the IRCC Call Centre.
Please note though that some have reported that it did not work for them or that it is no longer working.
You may want to give it a try.
Long distance charges will apply.
We will continue to research and look into this.
We hope to post any information we find.
Hopefully there are other users with similar experiences and situations who can share their suggestions.
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.
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS