Applying for Canadian Citizenship

If you’re thinking about applying for Canadian citizenship, you must be a permanent resident of Canada prior to making an application. Becoming a Canadian citizen grants you more privileges such as having the right to vote and eligibility to apply for a passport.

In addition, citizenship removes the worry about meeting the residency obligation applicable to permanent residents every five years.

Physical days spent in Canada

You must have spent at least 1095 days in Canada within the five year period prior to signing an application. We recommend you refer to our article (here) for calculating the physical days requirement.

What other Canadian Citizenship requirements must I meet?

Other eligibility factors to be aware of include:

  • Filing of Canadian taxes (if you are required to) for at least 3 years within the 5-year period
  • Proving your ability to speak English or French (if you are between 18 and 54 years old when you apply)
  • Not inadmissible or under a removal order

Do I need to take a citizenship knowledge test?

Yes. If you are between the ages of 18 – 54 years on the day you sign your application, you will likely be required to write a multiple choice knowledge test months after your citizenship application has been accepted.

How do I start an application? 
We’re your first step in starting a citizenship application.  Complete an eligibility assessment here