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Ottawa urged to remove citizenship by birth on Canadian soil

Immigration Officials have recommended that Canada remove its citizenship by birth policy to limit the potential of “birth tourism,” wherein foreign nationals who have children in Canada are then sponsored by those children once they turn eighteen.

Citizenship CanadaHowever, critics have responded by arguing that birth tourism is extremely rare and the cost of restricting citizenship would outweigh any possible benefits. It is estimated that only 500 of 360,000 live births in the country each year are to foreign nationals (only 0.14%) – a tiny fraction. The recommendation’s proponents believe that citizenship is an honour and a privilege and should therefore only be provided to those who have earned it through a strong Canadian connection. In fact, Canada and the United States are the only countries to currently offer a “birth on soil” provision; other countries require parents to already be either citizens or permanent residents.

This recommendation is only a proposal at this time; input from the Canadian Border Services Agency is still being gathered along with other prominent stakeholders.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

8 thoughts on “Ottawa urged to remove citizenship by birth on Canadian soil

  1. christopherbasir

    hi sir iwish i see canda so help me apply visa detlas plz sir for pakistan

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Christopher,

      Thank you for the question. We can definitely assist you to come to Canada, but in order to further help you, we will need some more details about your personal circumstances. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly. http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  2. Bashir Ahmad

    Hi this is bashir afghanistan.

    dear sir. i have worked as an interpreter withe canadian forces in kandahar province you may know about the situation of afghansitan i try to immigrate to canada and i request from the government of canada to help me about my application.

    thanks.
    Bashir

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Bashir,

      Thanks for the question. We would be happy to help you come to Canada, and depending on the details of your personal circumstances, there may be a variety of options available to you even if you don’t qualify under the program which helps Afghan nationals who are at-risk. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  3. houssemeddin

    How i can visa business to canada

    note i’m manager in export company in tunisia

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Houssemeddin,

      Thanks for the question. Your employment experience should be helpful if you want to apply for a work permit, and there may be a variety of options available to you depending on some of the details of your personal circumstances. Please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply
  4. Dusan Miljkovic

    hello mr Niren, I wanna ask something. I haw mi two kids in Edmonton Alberta Canada. How they can send me invitation leter, because i miss mi kids to much and i wanna go in Canada to visit mi kids. Please mr Niren send me answer, god bless you and best regards

    Reply
    1. owen

      Hello Dusan,

      Thank you for the question. We would be happy to assist you to come to Canada so that you may reunite with your children. In order for us to further assist you, please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/

      Regards,
      Owen

      Reply

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