In 2016, more than 6.5 million immigrants were eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, of these immigrants, approximately 86% attained Canadian citizenship.
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- If applying for citizenship of a minor:
- you must be the child’s parent, legal guardian or adoptive parent
- child must be a permanent resident and eligible to apply for citizenship
Permanent Resident Status
You must have permanent resident (PR) status in Canada and must not:
- be under review for immigration or fraud reasons
- have received a removal order from Canadian officials
- have unfulfilled conditions related to your PR status
Time lived in Canada
You must be physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days during the last 5 years right before the date you sign your citizenship application.
Each day spent in Canada as a temporary resident (visitor, student, worker) or protected person within the last 5 years counts as one half day toward your time spent in Canada; you can use a maximum of 365 days as a temporary resident or protected person.
Filing Income Tax
You need to have filed taxes in Canada for at least 3 years during the 5 years right before the date you apply for citizenship.
If you’re 18 to 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you must show that you can speak and listen at a specific level in one of Canada’s official languages English and French.
To become a citizen you must be able to:
- take part in short, everyday conversations
- understand simple instructions, questions and directions
- use basic grammar, including simple structures and tenses
- use common words and phrases to answer questions and to express yourself
How well you know Canada
If you’re 18 to 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you must take the citizenship test to show that you have knowledge of and understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The test consists of 20 questions which will evaluate your knowledge of Canadian history, geography, economy, government, laws and symbols. We will prepare you for the test and will provide you with all study materials required.
If you committed a crime in or outside of Canada, you may not be eligible to become a Canadian citizen for a period of time.
We’re here to answer any of your questions. If you require more information or if you would like to book a consult, feel free to contact us.