Government Considering Removing Birthright Canadian Citizenship

Immigration department looking at ways to prevent foreign women from giving birth on Canadian soil to claim citizenship

Birthright citizenship – automatically granting Canadian citizenship to anyone who is born on Canadian soil no matter where their parents hail from – may soon become a thing of the past.

According to this Woodstock Sentinel article, a high number of women from China are being told by shady immigration consultants abroad to lie about their pregnancies and hide them with dark clothing so they can give birth in Canada upon arriving on work visas or visitor visas.

Recently, a spokesperson for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said that the government is in the process of coming up with some ideas for new laws that might prevent this – either remove birthright citizenship, or perform pregnancy exams on women who want visas to come to Canada.

Canada and the United States both offer birthright citizenship, but other developed countries such as Britain, Australia and New Zealand do not. It will be interesting to see how this plays out and what the new rules will be.

My Take on this proposed change to Citizenship

Be careful. We live in Democracy. And democracies tend to grant citizenship to babies born on their soil. See my comments on the topic in a Yahoo News article on these Citizenship Changes.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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