Are you eligible to apply for citizenship?
- Be a permanent resident of Canada
- Have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
- Prove your language skills – individuals between the ages of 18 and 54 on the date they sign the application must meet the minimum language requirements in either English or French
- No criminal convictions or other inadmissibility
- Passing the citizenship test
Physically present in Canada
*Tip: Use a travel journal to keep track of the trips you’ve taken out of Canada and the days spent away so you can accurately calculate your physical presence.
Which Documents are Required?
- Original printout of the physical presence calculator
- Application for Canadian Citizenship
- Photocopies of the biographical pages of all valid and expired passports or travel documents
- Photocopies of two pieces of personal identification documents
- Photocopies of your proof of language proficiency
- Proof of income tax filing
- Original police clearance certificates
- Proof of Application fee payment
The citizenship application is a paper-based application, the package must be mailed to the respective intake center. It cannot be submitted online.
The questions are about the rights and responsibilities of Canadians and Canada’s history, geography, economy, laws, government, and symbols. IRCC provides a free study guide to help you prepare for the test – Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
What if I Failed Citizenship Test?
If you do not pass the second time around, you will be required to attend a hearing with a citizenship official. The hearing will in-person or via videoconference and will be used to assess one of more requirements for citizenship.
Unfortunately, if you don’t pass the test after the third try, your citizenship application will be refused. However, you are still eligible and can reapply.
The process of being finally on your way to obtaining Canadian citizenship can be very exciting. At VisaPath, we work with you to accurately prepare your documents and You to ensure a smooth process without any further delays because Hey, you have waited long enough!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship?
– You have to be a permanent resident of Canada
– You must have lived in Canada and met your residency obligations (730 days)
– You must show proof of language proficiency in English or French
– You must pass a citizenship test
– Show proof of tax filing if applicable
There may be other requirements that an applicant needs to show in order to be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, but it is dependent on the situation and the applicant and discuss if additional requirements need to be met.
How long does it take?
What is an oath ceremony?
Children under the age of 14 do not have to go to the oath ceremony but the parents are permitted to get the certificate on the child behalf. You will get a notification letter stating where and when the ceremony will be taking place.