Reading this post reminds me of a few years back when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was created by the United States requiring passports to cross the border. Many border babies, Canadians who were born in the United States because the nearest hospital was in a border states like Michigan, Maine, or North Dakota were in for a rude awakening. In some cases mom and dad were also border babies (there are whole towns in Canada that are physically on the border), and some found that they were not Canadian Citizens, even though they had lived in Canada, and even voted for decades.
I work at H&R Block in Canada and I suppose I am a bit like bankers will soon be. As soon as someone shows me a US passport, or a document that shows their birthplace in the United States I have to stop preparing their tax return and send it over to the US Tax Specialists, who charge an extra 2-3 hundred dollars, even when these people owe nothing in taxes. I have occasionally had people swear they will renounce before they will file, and I tell them they can’t renounce until after they have filled.
In Canada the conservative government recently changed our citizenship law so that the second generation born abroad are not Canadian Citizens, but this has problems too. Many Canadians were born elsewhere but grew up in Canada. There are examples of people who were born abroad to Canadian parents, came to live in Canada when they were a year old and happen to be living in Belgium when they have a child. In some cases these people’s children are now born stateless. These are the cases where some show of attachment should come into play. Its a nightmare for these parents. While the new law allows for easy naturalization of these babies, they first have to physically arrive in Canada which is difficult when the child is stateless and qualified for no national passport. Then these parents have to wait for their children’s files to be procsses. Currently there is an enormous backlog and it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to process a citizenship request.
I responded back saying what H&R Block Canada is doing completely outrageous and the CEO and Senior Management of H&R Block Canada should be less worried about spending time in US Club Fed and instead be worried about spending hard time at the Kingston Ontario Penetentary for violations of the Canadian Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act.