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Revoking citizenship

Implications related to why citizenship can be removed, changes in citizenship status and how it affects renunciation of citizenship

Your Canadian Citizenship may be revoked (taken away) if you have:

  • committed fraud;
  • misrepresented yourself; or
  • hidden information on an immigration or citizenship application.

If your citizenship is revoked for these reasons, you will be barred from being granted citizenship for 10 years.

Your Canadian citizenship may also be revoked if you are a dual citizen and have:

  • been convicted of terrorism, treason, high treason or spying offences, depending on the sentence received; or
  • served as a member of an armed force of a country or an organized armed group engaged in an armed conflict with Canada.

If your citizenship is revoked for these reasons, you will be permanently barred from being granted citizenship.