Citizenship Revocation Rules

Revocation of Canadian Citizenship can happen for a number of factors that prove that you are either a potential threat to the national security of Canada, or if you are found guilty of dishonesty, fraud, concealment of facts or deception in filing the application form. Citizenship revocation is a matter of grave concern with far-reaching consequences. Revocation orders mean that the person will have to leave the country within a stipulated time period and will no longer hold permanent residency of Canada.

An individual’s passport can be revoked for several reasons by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC). The passport can be revoked on giving false personal information and/or submitting fake documents to procure the passport. Any concealment or misrepresentation of facts is a serious offence. Also, if the permanent resident or the Canadian citizen is found involved in illegal activities, criminal offence, or terrorist activities, or it is found that the passport is being used by someone not the original passport holder it will lead to passport revocation. All these offences are serious offences by the Canadian government and the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has full authority to order the removal of the convicted person from Canada in view of national security.

Additionally, if an individual holds citizenship of Canada along with the Citizenship of another country, he/she will not lose his/her Canadian citizenship if they are found guilty of treason, terrorism, espionage or in possession of arsenal. On the other hand, dual citizens might not face revocation but can be subjected to prosecution in Canada for their criminal offences just like any other Canadian national.

All decisions on revocation of Citizenship lie with the Federal Court. People facing revocation can make an appeal in the court or to the Appeal Division.

Every individual gets a fair opportunity to appeal against the revocation decision within stipulated time. It is very important that you know the procedure and the legalities of the process if you are facing revocation. It is advised that you consult an experienced and dedicated law firm to advise you on the matter. It is imperative to realise that even the minutest error in the application, appeal or documents submitted can lead to unfavourable results. The Canadian law is complicated to comprehend for any foreign national and keeps changing with time and situation of the country. Our best advice is to consult a law firm that can make legal matters comprehensible for you and also help you in framing answers to significant queries of the immigration officers.