- FAQ - Citizenship
1) How is Metis identity and Citizenship established in the Central Registry?
Metis identity is established by verifying Metis ancestry; this is done by confirming the applicant’s connection to the Historic Métis Nation Homeland and the founders of the First Métis Nation. With the mandatory genealogical supporting documentation the Central Registry is able to determine this.
2) Where do I apply for Citizenship?
Citizenship applications packages are available on the MNBC website @ http://www.mnbc.ca/documents/uncategorized-6/citizenship-1 or by contacting the Regional Registry Clerk for the region you reside in.
3) I received an application package, is the requested information mandatory?
Yes, the information requested in the application package is mandatory. Your application cannot be processed without the required information and documentation.
4) How long will I have to wait to receive my card if my application is approved?
The application processing time for complete applications is approximately 12-16 weeks. The MNBC processes thousands of applications and the genealogical information must be verified for each applicant. This process can be expedited by ensuring that all information required is provided, accurate and complete when you submit your application.
5) I have lost my card, can it be replaced?
Yes. You can request a replacement card application from your Registry Clerk and pay a $20.00 non-refundable processing fee to have your card reissued.
7) One of my parents is Caucasian and the other is a Status Indian. Does that make me Métis?
No. You will have to apply and prove your Métis ancestry.
8) If my parents have already applied, should I still send in my application?
Yes. If one or both of your parents have a Citizenship card but you have not made your own application, you will not automatically receive a MNBC Citizen card regardless of your age.
9) I have applied for my citizenship, but, I have moved. What do I do?
If you are still living in British Columbia please contact the Central Registry office @ 1-800-940-1150 to update your Citizenship information.
10) Why do I have to provide proof that I live within the province of British Columbia?
MNBC Citizenship card are only issued to Métis individuals residing with the province of British Columbia. Proof of current residency is required to ensure that MNBC provincial Citizenship cards are not being issued to individuals outside of the province of British Columbia.
11) Am I able to pay an additional fee to fast track my application process?
No. To be fair to all applicants, Citizenship applications are handled in chronological order from the date they are received.
12) I was born in another province. Do I submit my Métis Citizenship application to my birth province, or the province where I reside?
Applications are only accepted based on your province of residency.
13) If I move outside of the province of British Columbia, will I need to re-apply for Citizenship in my new province?
Yes. All provinces offering a Métis citizenship registry operate independently from each other. If you move to another province, you will need to contact the Métis Citizenship registry for that province to inquire about their registry process.
14) My parent is a Metis citizen in another province. Are you able to have information from their file forwarded to you to complete my application in British Columbia?
No. Due to privacy laws, information and documents are not shared between registries. You will need to collect the necessary documents and forward them to the MNBC Registry to complete your application.
15) Can I request information regarding a family member’s file?
The Central Registry regards individuals’ privacy with utmost respect and is compliant with provincial privacy laws. Therefore the Central Registry is not able to release information regarding applicants or Citizens files to individuals other than the applicant and/or Citizens themself.
CITIZENSHIP CARD RENEWAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) Does my Citizenship card require renewal?
Yes, cards issued to individuals aged fifteen years and older require renewal every five (5) years.
2) Is there a fee to renew my card?
There is no fee associated with the renewal process.
3) Why am I being asked to supply a current color passport photograph, can't I use my original one?
A current color passport photograph is required for two reasons:
- Ensures the photograph attached to the card is current
- Color passport photographs result in the best quality photograph on the card.
4) What is the proof of residency requirement?
Individual(s) nineteen (19) years of age and older renewing their Citizenship card are required to provide proof of British Columbia residency.
5) Why did I receive an Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada screening form with my renewal notification? (Formerly the INAC screening form)
The renewal process provides an opportunity for Citizens to update their file with the Central Registry.
6) Will I be removed from the Central Registry database if I do not renew my card?
No, Citizens are not removed from the database if they do not renew their card.
7) Why is it important to renew my Citizenship card?
The renewal process provides Citizens with the opportunity to update their file with the Central Registry every five (5) years. The renewal process provides the Registry with the opportunity on an ongoing basis to maintain accurate and current data, statistical and demographic information.
- FAQ - Powley
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