What is required to become a citizen of Canada?

Becoming a citizen of Canada is a wonderful opportunity that many people achieve every year. Many immigrants who come to Canada as permanent residents have the eventual goal of becoming Canadian citizensCanadian citizenship 4

Canadian citizens can not only live and work anywhere in Canada, they can also hold Canadian passports, vote in elections and hold public office.

Many people know that a citizenship test is part of the citizenship process. But did you know that there are other requirements?

Requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen

To become a Canadian citizen, you need to be a permanent resident of Canada who is over the age of 18. There are alternate procedures for applying for Canadian citizenship on behalf of a child or for children who are being adopted.

1. You may be required to undergo a language test, as a requirement of Canadian citizenship is that you have a basic understanding of English or French, Canada’s two official languages.

2. You must have knowledge of Canada to become a citizen of Canada. This knowledge includes geography, symbols, government and history, which is assessed based on a citizenship test that you must pass. This test may be in an interview format or in a written format.

3. You must meet a specific residency requirement to become a citizen of Canada. It’s somewhat like how you must be physically present in Canada for two years out of every five as a permanent resident, but you must instead be in Canada for three years out of the four that precede your application. If you’re not a permanent resident for any of this time, those days count as half-days.

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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

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