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Have any of you ever found out after living in Canada mostly all of your life that you are not a citizen, just a resident? It happens
Nov 08, 2015 @ 11:40 am

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That's something that shouldn't just "happen". I mean if you and your family never ever travel etc. and just stay in your house then may be it could happen, but a PR card has to be renewed every 5 years so if you just "find out", it sadly means you or your parents/caregivers were negligent about your status.
And if you travel anywhere outside of Canada, you need a passport - if you don't have a Canadian passport, and you say you live here while crossing the border, the officers usually ask for your PR card to grant you entry even if you are from a country that doesn't require a visa to enter Canada.

I'd be curious to know more about the situation you are referring to, it sounds like it's someone you personally know. Any insight?
Nov 08, 2015 @ 12:00 pm


I'm with danayyc, in most cases this does not just happen. I read about a very elderly woman in ca ads that somehow slipped through the cracks and has found herself in a somewhat similar situation. When it does happen, it's generally a very strange situation and usually quite elderly people who have somehow fallen through her cracks and it should not happen. Don't think it happens much in Canada in recent times with recent immigrants. Just curious, is this happening to someone you know and that's why you're asking?
Nov 08, 2015 @ 04:13 pm

not canadian

YES, it does happen. This man was born in another country, came over with his parents as an infant.When he applied for a passport he was told he had to apply for a British passport. He did and he was told by immigration, his lawyer, and the passport people that he definitely is NOT a Canadian citizen, just a resident. So, glad to have verified this strange thing for you
Nov 09, 2015 @ 06:28 am


I have heard of this happen a couple times, but it's not an incredibly common occurrence. I'm wondering if his parents either weren't aware of what paperwork to fill out for him as an infant or if they just kind of got busy with life with a baby after a huge move and forgot about it? So, is this man eleigible to apply for citizenship then? At least he's considered a resident of Canada and can remain here.
Nov 09, 2015 @ 08:49 am


Don't really know Kristine, but he is quite elderly and his proof of landed immigrant status is all they say he needs .Weird for sure.
Nov 09, 2015 @ 01:28 pm

dollys gramma

That shows exactly what I mentioned, negligence on his parents' side :(
Nov 10, 2015 @ 10:07 am


Maybe not negligence, could be just plain not knowing. His dad had told him he had dual and didn't need to apply; so maybe just plain ignorance of the law. Who knows really? The good news is he looked into it and he is good to go and legal.
Nov 10, 2015 @ 10:24 am


I'm a resident right now, but I only came here 4 years ago :P
Nov 10, 2015 @ 03:00 pm

Not a Canadian

I'm a Canadian,Born and Raised here all my life.I'm a very proud Canadian and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.I take a lot of pride in where I came from.
Nov 10, 2015 @ 06:48 pm


I have to agree with the ignorance. If you are an immigrant anywhere (and his parents from what you said were) you should always doublecheck on everything and have paperwork on everything - for both yourself and your children.
It's good that he found out for sure. If he is missing his PR paperwork and other stuff, it will be a long process to get everything in order. But at least it can be done :)
Nov 11, 2015 @ 11:01 pm

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