I was born in the US to a Canadian mother and just accepted a summer internship in Vancouver. Canada Border Services will not give me a work visa because they say I am automatically Canadian and don't need one. The problem is, I need to start work in a few days and I can't get an SIN (which I need for work) without a Canadian Citizenship certificate - and they take 5 months to process. So - if I understand this correctly - I was assigned Canadian citizenship (without my knowledge) and I now can't work in Canada for 6 months while my Citizenship is being verified? However, if I wasn't assigned Canadian citizenship, I could get a work visa and an SIN and start work right away? This seems very odd. Are there any other ways for me (and thousands of other unaware "first generation" citizens like me) to get some sort of temporary status so we can work in Canada sooner?