Do You Want To Become A Canada Citizen? See how To Apply For Canada Citizenship

Before you go through the hassle of applying for citizenship or permanent residency, take a short quiz to see if you may already be Canadian.

The government outlines several caveats for being a citizen even if you weren't born there, many of which depend on your parents' citizenship. Maybe you secretly inherited their status at some point along the way 


To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:

  • be a permanent resident
  • have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
  • have filed your taxes, if you need to
  • pass a citizenship test
  • prove your language skills 

There are additional or different requirements if you are:

  • applying for a minor (under age 18)
  • a Canadian applying for your adopted child born outside Canada
  • a current or former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member applying under the fast-track process
  • a past Canadian citizen who want your Canadian citizenship back (including current and former CAF members)

Spouses of Canadian citizens

You don’t automatically become a citizen when you marry a Canadian.

If you’re the spouse of a Canadian citizen, you must meet the same requirements listed above (no exception).

Children and grandchildren of Canadian citizens

If you have a Canadian parent or grandparent, you may be a Canadian citizen.

  • See if you may be a Canadian citizen
  • To find out for sure, apply for a Canadian citizenship certificate

Permanent resident status

Regardless of your age, if you’re applying for citizenship, you must have permanent resident (PR) status in Canada.

This means you must not:

  • be under review for immigration or fraud reasons
  • be asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada (removal order)
  • have unfulfilled conditions related to your PR status, for example: medical screening

Before applying for citizenship, you should review the documents you received when you became a permanent resident to make sure you’re eligible.

You don’t need a valid PR card to apply for citizenship. You can apply with an expired PR card.  

You can utilize the Residence Calculator to see whether you have been in Canada long enough as a PR to apply for citizenship. In the event that you have not been in Canada adequately long, it will disclose to you when you will be qualified to apply.

The candidate should be a Canadian resident or be applying to turn into a Canadian resident. Minors don't have to meet the residency necessity.

On the off chance that one of your folks was a Canadian resident when you were conceived, contingent upon when you were conceived, you may effectively be a resident. On the off chance that that is valid, to be perceived as a Canadian resident you need to apply for verification of citizenship.

You can't turn into a Canadian resident in the event that you have as of late been or are in jail, on parole or probation, are carrying out a contingent punishment or have been charged or sentenced for an indictable wrongdoing. In the event that you are under an extradition request, you likewise can't have any significant bearing.


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