The Citizenship Program’s goal is to award Canadian citizenship to qualifying permanent residents. Many immigrants to Canada aspire to earn Canadian citizenship because it is a highly prized status, and those who have done so feel proud of their citizenship. An individual must apply after fulfilling specified eligibility requirements, such as residing in Canada as a permanent resident for at least three years in the previous five years, in order to become a citizen of Canada.
Key Program Highlights
A permanent resident who has been in Canada for at least three of the previous five years and meets all other eligibility requirements may be granted Canadian citizenship. The processing of citizenship applications helps immigrants successfully immigrate into Canadian society by increasing their capacity to engage in all facets of Canadian life.
Program Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet specific eligibility requirements to become Canadian citizens.
- You must prove to a visa officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires.
- You must show that you have sufficient funds for yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada.
- You must be law abiding and have no record of criminal activity and not be a security risk.
- You must be in good health.
- You must not plan to work for an employer on the “ineligible” status list.
- You must not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.
- Your spouse or common-law partner must have a valid study or work permit in Canada.
- You are waiting on a decision on an application for permanent residence from inside Canada.
Certain categories of people are not eligible for citizenship or are prohibited from applying for Canadian citizenship. These are listed below:
- You have a criminal record.
- You are facing criminal charges in or outside Canada.
- You have been ordered to leave Canada.
- You have been refused Canadian citizenship because of misrepresentation.
- You have had your Canadian citizenship revoked.
- You have not met the terms and conditions of your permanent resident status.
- To learn more about those prohibited from applying for Canadian citizenship, visit link
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for Canadian citizenship, an applicant must first determine his/her eligibility. Check your eligibility here.
The next step is to gather all the necessary documents. The documents required are: the original printout of your online physical presence calculation or form CIT 0407, photocopies of biographical pages of all valid and expired passports or travel documents you had in the past five years, photocopies of two (2) pieces of personal identification, photocopies of your proof of English or French language ability for any applicants between ages 18-54 years old, the Canadian Language Benchmarks is (CLB) Level 4 or higher, two (2) identical citizenship photos, Check citizenship photo specification.
The next step will be to get your application package, fill out the application forms, pay your fees, and submit your forms. You will need to open an account online, and fill out the necessary forms through the online account you created. Scan and upload all your supporting documents. Pay your application fees and submit your completed application. Before you submit your application, make sure you sign and date it. Send your completed application form and all the documents required by mail or courier. Learn more about submitting your application.
Finally, prepare for your citizenship test and attend your interview. Learn more about the citizenship test and interview.
Pay Your Application Fees:
An application for citizenship typically takes 12 months to process. This comprises handling the application, taking the citizenship test, having an interview, and performing the oath.