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    I am looking into a move back to Canada, but am having trouble finding anyone I can talk to. My nearest Canadian Embassy is Madrid, but they tell you to ring France. I rang France and they put on an automatic message which did not answer my question.

    My question is this. I was born in Canada in 1966 to a Canadian mother (Dad was British). I moved from Canada in 1971 to th UK and have never been back to Canada since.

    I presume that just being born in Canada is not enough to maintain Canadian Citizenship? However I have been reading about new legislation which is trying to change that. APparently anyone born in Canada after 1977 is has a right to Canadian citizenship, anyone born before 1977 doesn't but the new legislation is trying to change all that.

    Does anyone know for sure what I need to do?

    Do I need to apply for Canadian Citizenship (including text which I am sure will be administered in Canada), or what?

    Any help from Canadians out there would be greatly appreciated.

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    not sure of the answers but a full listing of Canadian embassies is here
    http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/world/e...es/menu-en.asp
    or Canadian immigration
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.html

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    Thanks WW

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    I have a feeling Ian is Canadian...I could be wrong though.

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    Umm..you were born and lived here in Canada - you're a citizen. Even if you weren't anyone pre 1984 (when the constitution was signed) gets right of abode if they're coming/going to the UK.

    Unless you legally "gave up" your citizenship you should still be a Canadian Citizen. I could be wrong, but you lived here for 5 years after being born...

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    This link may also help:

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizen/menu-info.html

    I would also think that unless you gave up your citizenship, otherwise you should still be a Canadian citizen since you were born there.

    Not living in the country doesn't mean the loss of citizenship. At least I hope not. I left Canada for over 10 years, but am still traveling in and out as a Canadian citizen.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by parentsworld:
    Unless you legally "gave up" your citizenship you should still be a Canadian Citizen. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    What is meant by legalley gave up. When I went to the UK I became a British Citizen. Does that mean I gave up my Canadian Citizenship? I know it is possible to have dual citizenship (or at least use to be).

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    That's what I meant. You didn't denounce your Canadian Citizenship and to live in another commonwealth country allows you to keep your citizenship in your original commonwealth country.

    But alas, I'm not a laywer, don't trust me 100% on this. I know my boyfriend was just jumping through hoops to get a 6 month work permit to Scotland only to discover since his Father was UK born he has "right of abode" to any commonwealth country without a visa or special papers. He's got the same rights as a born citizen.

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    Thanks, that last post gives me more hope.

    Thanks everyone else too for your help.

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    This will probably answer the question regarding "legally gave up":
    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizen/dualci_e.html

    Curiously, Perfect, have you tried to obtain a Canadian passport? If not, why don't you take a look of the form and see if you can provide all the information required? If you can get a Canadian passport, it would mean that your Canadian citizenship is maintained. (Does it make sense?) http://www.ppt.gc.ca/online_forms/pdfs/ppt040.pdf

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    Thanks AT
    I'll have a look.

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    It's certainly possible to hold dual citenzenship, as I have both an EU british passport and Canadian.

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