Canadian Citizenship Requirements

  • You’re a PR who was working for or with the Canadian Armed Forces, public service, or the state public administration.
  • You spent time outside Canada with your Canadian common-law partner or spouse, or PR spouse, common-law partner, or parent who was working for or with the public service, federal administration, or Canadian Armed Forces

Non-Eligibility criteria

  • ou have a criminal record in or outside Canada.
  • You have been issued a removal order, i.e., ordered to leave Canada.
  • Your Canadian citizenship has been annulled.
  • You have not fulfilled all the conditions of your PR status.
  • You have been denied Canadian citizenship due to misrepresentation.
  • You have ongoing criminal investigations within or outside Canada.

Steps to file for Citizenship

  1. Check eligibility: Before beginning the application process, it is important to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements to become a Canadian citizen. These requirements are set by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and can be found on their website.
  2. Get the necessary documents ready: The IRCC has provided a PDF checklist document that helps you prepare all the necessary documents required for the Canadian citizenship application. This document enables you to prepare and provide all the required documents to avoid delays in the application process.
  3. Download the Canadian citizenship application package: The application package can be downloaded from the IRCC website and includes various packages depending on the applicant’s age, status, and circumstances. Make sure to download the latest version of the application document to ensure that it is up to date.
  4. Fill out the application form and submit: Once you have completed the application form and paid the application fees, submit it together with all the required documents by mail or courier to the IRCC.
  5. Take the citizenship test: If your application is accepted, you will be invited to take the citizenship test on Canada’s history and the responsibilities and privileges of being a citizen a few weeks after receiving the Acknowledgment of Receipt (AOR). This test is not applicable to minors (under 18 years) and persons of 55 years and above.
  6. Attend the citizenship ceremony: If you pass the test and meet all the citizenship requirements, you will receive an invitation to your citizenship ceremony, where you will take the Oath of Citizenship and become a Canadian citizen.

It is important to note that the permanent residency application process can take several months, and the timeline may vary depending on the individual circumstances. Therefore, it is essential to start the application process early and ensure that all the necessary documents are provided to avoid any delays or complications.