Immigration Lawyer Michael Niren on CTV News: Canadian Citizenship

The potential elimination of birthright citizenship in Canada is a story we’ve been following closely on our blog in the last few days.

Recently, an article out of Hong Kong said that immigration consultants were encouraging Chinese women to hide their pregnancies and come to Canada to give birth so that their babies will automatically become Canadian Citizens – through birthright citizenship, where anyone born on Canadian soil is automatically granted Canadian Citizenship. The United States has a similar policy, but other developed nations have been doing away with the process.

In the aftermath of the article coming to light, the Canadian Government announced it was considering some kind of legislative change to remove birthright citizenship and stop this apparent problem – for which there are no official statistics or any evidence.

Find out why our own immigration lawyer Michael Niren says this is a knee-jerk reaction to a problem that may even not exist, and these changes threaten a long-standing tradition in Canada.

The CTV News video clip is available here.

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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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