I was born in the US to Canadian parents in 1954. We moved back to Canada in 1966 when I was 12. I have a Canadian certificate of “Canadian Citizen Born Abroad”. I’m now 58. I’ve never worked in the US, never filed any US tax form, never had a US passport. My Canadian passport of course says I was born in the US. As a kid, I remember my mother saying I was a dual citizen up to a certain age. I remember going to the US consulate here in Calgary in the early 70′s. I was somewhere between 18 and 22 or so. I went to ask if I was a dual citizen and what advantage there was to it. As I recall, I was told dual citizenship didn’t really exist and that I wasn’t an American citizen.
I have no idea where I fit into all this IRS/FATCA/FUBAR business. Of course, I want no part of it.
Should I go to the US consul in Calgary and ask questions? I like the idea of some certificate declaring that I’m not a US citizen and have no obligations to any US department. Does the process of relinquishing apply to me?
I’ve spent my whole adult life believing I’m only a Canadian!
The State Department can’t arbitrarily strip a person of citizenship who has committed a potentially expatriating act. But what if the State Department told someone that they were not a citizen back in the day before the Supreme Court changed the law? Does that person then become a citizen even if they don’t want to be one?
Also, I wonder if anyone can come up with further documentation proving that a Canadian like this is not a US citizen. Such written documentation would be useful for quite a number of people if we could.