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kittysandkitty
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Posted On: 7/6/2017
kittysandkitty
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Hi,
I'm currently in the US - my husband works there and I am a student. I have prepared my citizenship application but am not sure if I can apply from outside Canada? I meet the eligibility requirements (time spent in Canada in 4/6 last years). Thank you.
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Posted On: 7/20/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We have contacted some Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Call Centre Representatives.

They mentioned that it is not likely a problem if you have met the residency requirements.

However, it is important that you be aware of any correspondence that you may be receiving regarding test and oath dates.

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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Anna
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jhayegrant
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Posted On: 9/28/2017
jhayegrant
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hi i have a Canadian citizenship card issued in 95. I left Canada in 2010 and got married and had two kids. so i have been out of the country for 7 years in which time my Canadian passport has expired. Do I still have citizenship, and if i do how do I go about getting my family up to Canada with me?
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minishp
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Posted On: 10/24/2017
minishp
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Hello Anna,

your citizenship eligibility page states the following:

In order to apply for Canadian citizenship you must:
  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Provide proof that you know how to speak and write in 1 of Canada's official languages (either English or French)
  • Be a Permanent Resident (PR)
  • Have lived in Canada as a PR for at least 3 years out of the 5 years before you apply
  • Have filed your taxes for at least 3 years during the last 5 years and any income tax you may owe must be paid
  • Apply for citizenship from within Canada

THe last bullet point suggests that one has to apply for citizenship from within Canada. Since the reply and the above information is in conflict can you please recheck and advise what is the correct position?

thanks

Minish



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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us.

We have contacted some Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Call Centre Representatives.

They mentioned that it is not likely a problem if you have met the residency requirements.

However, it is important that you be aware of any correspondence that you may be receiving regarding test and oath dates.

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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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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Posted On: 10/25/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing this with us.

It is best that you contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Call Centre directly for some information specific to your situation.

We will review that statement with our legal researchers and will provide an update.

We will also try to re-contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Call Centre to ask them to explain this discrepancy.

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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Anna
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Amira
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Posted On: 11/3/2017
Amira
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Hello, I am interesting to know the answer since I am in the same situation. I am a temporary resident in USA but I like to apply for canadian citizenship
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Posted On: 11/3/2017
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your questions with us.

We have had one of our legal researchers look into this information and based on this we have updated our Settlement.Org How do I apply for Canadian Citizenship? article.

Here is an excerpt of our updated information,

Mail your application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. If you are applying from outside Canada or the United States, submit your application to your closest Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate.



You can find this information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website in the For applicants living outside Canada and the United States section.


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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Anna
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minishp
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Posted On: 11/3/2017
minishp
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Hello Anna,


The information you provided is under the heading of Citizenship certificate. My question is for Citizenship application.

thanks

Minish
Moderator wrote:
Hello,

Thank you for sharing your questions with us.

We have had one of our legal researchers look into this information and based on this we have updated our Settlement.Org How do I apply for Canadian Citizenship? article.

Here is an excerpt of our updated information,

Mail your application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. If you are applying from outside Canada or the United States, submit your application to your closest Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate.



You can find this information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website in the For applicants living outside Canada and the United States section.


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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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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Posted On: 11/4/2017
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Hello Minish,

Thank you for your question and comment.

In addition to our legal researchers, we will continue to contact the IRCC Call Centre to see if they can provide the written information from IRCC to back up what they have stated to us regarding applying for Canadian citizenship from outside Canada.

In the meantime, we strongly suggest that anyone wanting to do this process from outside Canada contact the IRCC Call Centre directly to share their situation and question and for some advice related to your own situations.

We have had some of our users previously state that they have been able to contact CIC from abroad by dialing 1 613 944 4000. Listen to the options to get to CIC. Then you should be transferred to the IRCC Call Centre.

Please note though we are not sure if this number continues to work this way.

You may want to give it a try.

Please be aware that long distance charges will apply.


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Anna
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