The new definition of “PARENT” under the Citizenship Act

A change in the interpretation of “parent” under the Citizenship Act has been announced on July 9th, 2020. The change allows non-biological Canadian parents who are their child’s legal parents at birth to pass down Canadian citizenship to their children born abroad in the first generation.

Until now, a child born abroad was automatically recognized as a citizen at birth only if the child shared a genetic link to the Canadian parent or if the child was born to a Canadian parent in the first generation. This new interpretation helps Canadian parents who have relied on assisted human reproduction to start a family.

To know more about the subject, you can refer to the Government of Canada website here.

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