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Citizenship

Forms and guidelines for first applications and replacements/updates

How to apply for a citizenship certificate?

Please use form CIT 0001 (Application for a citizenship certificate under Section 3 - Proof of citizenship)

  • for children born outside Canada to at least one Canadian parent
  • to replace your current certificate because of damage, loss, theft or change of name

On April 17, 2009, the rules changed for people born outside Canada. Citizenship by birth outside Canada to a Canadian parent (citizenship by descent) is now limited to the first generation born outside Canada.

This means that, in general, children born outside Canada to a parent who was a Canadian citizen at the time of birth will only be Canadian at birth if:

  • the parent was born in Canada, or
  • the parent became a Canadian citizen by immigrating to Canada (becoming a permanent resident) and being granted citizenship (also known as naturalization).

Download the application

Where to send your application?

The complete application should be sent to the

Embassy of Canada
Consular Services Section
Leipziger Platz 17
10117 Berlin

After verification that your application is complete, we will return the original documents to you (within approx. 2 weeks) and forward your application to the Registrar of Citizenship in Sydney, Nova Scotia, for further processing.

How long does it take?

Processing times vary; it can take more than one year to receive the citizenship certificate.

Please remember to advise us of any change in address while your application is processed.

Required documents

Items 1 and 2 apply to first time applicants only.

  1. Applicant's birth certificate (original)- if born in Germany, the international version, which can be obtained from the German Standesamt (registrar's office) that registered the birth
  2. Original proof of one parent's Canadian citizenship: Canadian birth certificate or Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  3. Two pieces of ID showing the exact name requested (required for every applicant), one ID has to show your photo; for young children these can be health insurance cards, school ID, immunization cards or a passport. (originals or certified copies)
  4. Two identical photographs as specified on the application form. Please make sure to put the photographer's details and name of applicant on the back of one photo.
  5. Proof of payment (payment via embassy's account or online payment)
  6. Additional documents might be required; our office will notify you in this case.

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Date Modified:
2013-06-28