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FACTS & REGISTRATION PROCESS

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • There’s 80% of Lebanese Christians that live outside of Lebanon.
  • Statistic show that only 34% of Lebanese Christians are presently living in Lebanon.
  • 70% of Lebanese Christian men between ages of 45-55 are still registered as single.

Did you know that the military service has been revoked by bill 665 in 2005. Your son will not be obliged to participate in the military service.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CLAMING YOUR LEBANESE CITIZENSHIP?

The Lebanese nationality is transmitted by paternity (father).Therefore, a Lebanese man who holds Lebanese citizenship can automatically confer citizenship to his children and foreign wives (only if entered in the Civil Acts Register in the Republic of Lebanon).

Under the current law, descendants of Lebanese emigrants can only receive citizenship from their father. Women cannot pass on citizenship neither to their children nor foreign spouses. On 12 November 2015, the Parliament of Lebanon approved a draft law that would allow descendants of Lebanese origin to reclaim their lost Lebanese citizenship.

There are many benefits regarding the Lebanese citizenship. First and for most, registering as a Lebanese is the greatest gift to pass on to our children to preserve the heritage of our ancestors.

As a Lebanese citizen your rights and privileges are recognized;

  • You will have the right to vote in your mother land Lebanon and to participate actively in the political structure.
  • You will have the right to invest and establish a business. Claiming your Lebanese citizenship will allow you to work in Lebanon.
  • You will have the right for unlimited properties within the country
  • You will have the right for inheritance.
  • The military service has been aborted and Lebanese men are not obliged to service military service

WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO CLAIM LEBANESE CITIZENSHIP?

A child is Lebanese at birth if he/she is the child of a married couple of whom the father is a Lebanese citizen. Before registering your child, you have to register your marriage in the country where it took place.

These are the documents required to start the marriage registration process:

  • An original marriage certificate, giving by the Register-Office.
  • Valid passports of the both spouses.
  • A Lebanese I.D or a civil status act (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) for both spouses.
  • A proof that you reside in Canada (Citizenship card, Immigration visa / permanent resident card, work or study permit).

* The marriage registration is free of charge.

By registering your marriage, you are able to register your children. These are the documents required to start the birth registration process:

  • An original birth certificate of the child, giving by the Register-Office.
  • A Lebanese Passport of both spouses.
  • A Lebanese I.D or civil status act (Ikhraj Kayd) for both spouses or family booklet (Ikhraj Kaid Akili)
  • A proof that you reside in Canada (Citizenship card, Immigration visa / permanent resident card, work or study permit).

*The birth registration is free of charge.

The application (birth or marriage) is submitted at the Lebanese Embassy in Ottawa or to the Lebanese Consulate in Montreal.

The application will be issued a file number at the Embassy or Consulate: The file number will allow us to follow up the application in Lebanon.

The application will be mailed to Lebanese Ministry of Foreign affairs in Lebanon. The department in foreign affairs will transfer the file to Ministry of Interior affairs. These documents will be transferred to the administrative department of the province or town where your Father/grandfather is registered.

WHAT IS A CIVIL RECORD STATUS?

Civil registration is the way by which countries keep a continuous and complete record of births, deaths and the marital status of their people.

  • There’s 80% of Lebanese Christians that live outside of Lebanon.
  • Statistique show that 34% of Lebanese Christians are living in their country Lebanon.
  • 70% of Lebanese Christian men between ages of 45-55 are still registered as single.

WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO REGISTER YOUR CANADIAN MARRIAGE IN THE LEBANESE CIVIL RECORD?

  • Marriage certificate issued from Director of Vital Statistics; Known as “Certificate de marriage in Quebec”; known as marriage statement long format in other provinces in Canada.
  • Lebanese Identity; Lebanese birth certificate OR Lebanese Ikhraj kaid OR Lebanese family booklet (ikhraj kaid family) OR Lebanese passport OR Tazkara
  • Canadian Identity; Canadian Valid Passport OR Canadian citizenship card OR Canadian birth certificate

WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENT NEEDED TO REGISTER THE BIRTH OF YOUR CANADIAN CHILD IN LEBANESE CIVIL RECORD?

  • Marriage certificate issued from Director of Vital Statistics; Known as “Certificate de marriage in Quebec”; known as marriage statement long format in other province in Canada?
  • Lebanese Identity; Lebanese birth certificate OR Lebanese Ikhraj kaid OR Lebanese family booklet (ikhraj kaid family) OR Lebanese passport OR Tazkara
  • Canadian Identity; Canadian Valid Passport OR Canadian citizenship card OR Canadian birth certificate

WHAT IS A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE? WHO ISSUES A MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE?

A marriage certificate is an official recorded document issued by a governmental authority (the country where the marriage took place) that proves that the couple listed on the marriage certificate have a legal marriage.

You may choose to have either a religious or civil ceremony. Only the Director of Vital Statistics “Governmental authority” can deliver the marriage certificate.

A marriage certificate usually contains who married who, when they were married, where they were married, who married them, and who was there. There is a fee for obtaining a marriage certificate and you should contact the Vital Statistics Office (https://www.ontario.ca/faq/where-are-vital-statistics-offices-each-canadian-province) in order to find out the cost. The marriage certificate can be requested online.

WHAT IS BIRTH A CERTIFICATE? WHO ISSUES A BIRTH CERTIFICATE?

A birth certificate is a vital record that provides details of the time and place of a person's birth, and his or her name, sex, mother's name and father's name.

In Canada, the birth certificate is issued by Director of Vital Statistics department of the province where the birth took place. It can be requested online.

For Lebanese descant born in the province of Quebec, the bleu format of the “certificate of birth” is the document requested when submitting an application to register at the Lebanese Consulate in Montreal.

For Lebanese descendant born in any other province, “the birth statement long format” is the document requested when submitting an application to register at the Lebanese Embassy in Ottawa.