Robin Thicke was Refused Canadian Citizenship

Despite his celebrity status, Robin Thicke, the 35-year-old son of Canadian superstar Alan Thicke has his application for Canadian citizenship for his two-year-old son, Julian denied.  

Quick look on Thicke’s Citizenship

Robin, who was born in the United States, was never able to obtain Canadian citizenship because Alan never applied to make him a dual citizen.

  • In the past, Canada would grant citizenship to grandchildren of native Canadians but that is no longer the case.
  • In order to be granted Canadian citizens, Citizenship and Immigration Canada require that one of the parents need to be a Canadian citizen themselves.
  • In the case of Julian, both Robin and his mother, actress Paula Patton never acquired Canadian citizenship themselves.

Disappointment over citizenship mistake

Alan, the 65-year-old star of the hit television show Growing Pains commented that he regrets not making Robin or his two other children Canadian citizens as none of them were born on Canadian soil.

According to Alan, he is fiercely Canadian and not obtaining citizenship for his children was not something that he gave a lot of thought to.

Actions and legal impact

What a person does could legally impair one’s title to a right or privilege. It is always best to speak to a licensed immigration attorney before taking any action on certain legal matters. Obtaining Canadian citizenship is covered by a set of law, which may appear to be complex to some individuals.


Who can apply for a Canadian citizen

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicant must possess a valid permanent resident status and must have lived in Canada for at least three (3) years or 1,095 days in the past four years prior to applying. This rule does not apply to children below 18.
  • Applicants can communicate in English or French and must pass the citizenship knowledge test.
  • Applicants must pass the criminal record check.
    • You must not have been convicted of a serious criminal offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act within the three years prior to applying;
    • You are currently not charged with an indictable offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act;
    • You should not be in prison, on parole or on probation when you are applying;
    • You should not be under a removal proceeding or ordered by a Canadian officer to leave the country;
    • You should not be under investigation for, be charged with, or have been convicted of a war crime or a crime against humanity; or
    • Your Canadian citizenship was not taken away from you in the past five years.
  • Applicants should understand information about Canada and this includes rights and responsibilities of a citizen.

Need help?

For your citizenship needs or questions, you may consult one of the dedicated teams of immigration lawyers at Niren and Associates.

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Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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