5 Factors Required in Order to Apply for Canadian Citizenship

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Hello, my name is Michael Niren. I’m an immigration lawyer, and I’m here today to talk to you about applying for Canadian citizenship.

The 5 Factors Required to Apply for Canadian Citizenship

There are essentially five factors that you must take into account when applying for Canadian citizenship, and I’m here to discuss them with you.


The first factor is age. You have to be 18 years old or older in order to apply for citizenship. It’s that simple. If you’re younger than 18, you’re going to have to wait.

Residency Requirements

The next factor is residency requirements. You have to have resided in Canada for three years or 1,095 days in the past four years of applying for citizenship. You may be able to count the days you spend in Canada prior to becoming a permanent resident.


The next factor is language. Canada has two official languages, English and French, and it is imperative that you know one of these languages. Sometimes you can know both, but so long as you know one. If you are between the ages of 18 and 54, you will be required to prove your ability to speak one of these languages.

Criminal History

Criminal history. The following are a list of reasons why people may not be able to apply for a citizenship. Number one, if you’ve been convicted in the last three years; number two, if you’ve been currently charged; number three, if you are in prison; number four, if you are under a removal order; and number five, if you are under investigation for a crime. So those are reasons why you may not be able to qualify for a citizenship.

Understanding of Canadian History

And the last factor to keep in mind when applying for citizenship is your knowledge of Canada. To become a citizen of Canada, you must demonstrate an understanding of Canadian history and values. You’ll be tested on this.

Are You Interested in Applying for Canadian Citizenship?

So I hope this video has helped you understand what are the factors when applying for Canadian citizenship. Thank you very much.

Contact our experienced team today, and let us help you with your Canadian Citizenship application.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

10 thoughts on “5 Factors Required in Order to Apply for Canadian Citizenship

  1. khalil

    Hello Owen
    Its my dream to be the citizen of Canada … what should I do , as I m pharmacist and working in clinical and community environment since last 7years after completion of degree.

    1. owen

      Hello Khalil,

      You should score at least 6.0 in each section of the IELTS and then you would be eligible for express entry. A job offer from a Canadian employer would also increase your rank. We would be happy to help you immigrate, and once you fill out our free online assessment form, one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly


  2. muhammad raheel

    Hi I am very much interested for Canadian immigration. I have completed my graduation. I am specialized in analytical chemistry and having 5 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry. Presently I am working in getz pharmaceutical. What should I do to get Canadian immigration???! Kindly help me plxx

    1. Malaga Leota

      I want to apply for canada citizenship I lived in canada before for 2 years but my visa ran out now I’m back living in Australian but originally came from new zealand can you help me

      1. Mira Freiwat

        Hello Malaga,

        Thank you for your inquiry. I would like to help you out, but I need you to complete this form for me so that I can get some background information on your education and work experience to be able to assist you to the best of my ability. Once it is completed, either my coworker or myself will get back to you with our feedback! MF

    2. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Muhammad,

      Thank you for your post. I would need more information to firstly be able to determine your eligibility to one of our many Canadian Immigration programs, but your education and work experience will truly be an asset when applying! Please complete this free assessment form for me, it will be reviewed and we will contact you shortly with the steps on how to qualify! MF

  3. Wajid Ali Shah

    Hello !
    I am very much interested in Canadian immigration. I have completed my graduation. My study program was Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and I am specialized in Finance. I want to settle there and also get some more education. Will I get Canadian nationality ? What should I do ? Please help me.

  4. Maqsood anwar khan

    I am too much interested in Canadian immigration….. I have done my Bachelor of technology in mechanical with outstanding performance (medalist)having experience in operation and maintenance and HSE/safety….. have qualified IOSH (managing safely) NEBOSH IGC,HSE inspector courses of UK standard…… also having SSB(seaman service book).presently working in johnson and johnson pharma company as maintenance engineer and EHS engineer


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