Eligibility for Canadian Citizenship

Canada is an amazing country for those who want to come and live here. But, unfortunately, so many people dream of becoming Canadian citizens, but not everyone is eligible to do so. To be eligible, certain requirements need to be fulfilled. The minimum eligibility for Canadian citizenship are as follows –

Permanent Resident

You must have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least three years (1,095 days) out of the last five years before applying. It’s also important to have paid your taxes without serious criminal convictions.


You need to pass a language and knowledge test. This test checks if you know about Canada’s history, values, institutions, and symbols and if you can speak English or French.

Residency Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old and have met your residency requirements. Needless to say, this means you must have spent a certain amount of time physically present in Canada.

If you meet these requirements, you are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. The application process usually takes around 12 months. Once you become a citizen, you have certain rights and benefits, such as the right to vote, the ability to get a Canadian passport, and the ability to live and work in Canada without any limitations.

How to apply for Canadian Citizenship

  • Step 1: Determine your eligibility. We have mentioned the criteria above.
  • Step 2: Gather all the required documents –
    – Your permanent resident card
    – Two pieces of government-issued identification
    – Proof of your language proficiency in English and Canada
    – Proof of your residence in Canada
  • Step 3: Fill out the application form – You can do this online or on paper. Make sure to answer all questions truthfully and accurately.
  • Step 4: Pay the application fee – You can pay online or by mail.
  • Step 5: Submit your application – After completing the application form and paying the fee, you can submit your application.
  • Step 6: Wait for the application to be processed – The processing time can vary depending on the volume of applications and other factors.
  • Step 7: Attend your citizenship test and interview – If your application is approved, you will be invited to attend a citizenship test and interview.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a Canadian citizenship application take?

The processing time varies, but it typically takes around 12-18 months.

What are the 3 requirements to become a Canadian citizen?

In order to become a Canadian citizen, you need to have lived in Canada for at least 3 years, pass language and citizenship tests, and meet specific eligibility requirements.

How much is the fee for a Canadian citizenship application?

The fee for a Canadian citizenship application is currently $630 CAD for adults and $100 CAD for minors.

What is the fastest way to become a Canadian citizen?

The fastest way to become a Canadian citizen is through the Express Entry system, which prioritizes skilled workers who meet specific eligibility criteria.

How long does it take to get citizenship in Canada in 2023?

Processing times for citizenship applications can vary, but it typically takes 12-18 months to get citizenship in Canada.

Is it better to apply for citizenship online?

Applying for citizenship online is advisable as it is faster and more convenient, but paper applications are still accepted.


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