If you were born abroad to Canadian citizens, you can apply for a Registration of Birth Abroad as proof of Canadian citizenship.
Who can Apply for Canadian Citizenship?
You must meet the following criteria to apply for citizenship:
- Take a language test to prove your proficiency in English or French
- Be a permanent resident
- Have lived in Canada for at least 3 years of the previous 5 years as a permanent resident
- Have paid taxes for at least 3 years during the last 5 years (if required)
However, if you are applying as a minor (under the age of 18), then you must be a permanent resident. You are not required to have lived in Canada for 3 years before applying.
Your parent, adoptive parent, or legal guardian must already be a Canadian citizen or should be in the process of applying for Canadian citizenship. You must also meet the language requirements and have general knowledge about Canada.
If you are applying for Canadian citizenship over the age of 55, then you are exempt from the language and general knowledge requirements.
If you are part of the Canadian Armed Forces, you can fast-track your citizenship application.
As a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen, you need to fulfill the above-mentioned requirements.
Who Cannot Apply for Canadian Citizenship?
You cannot apply for Canadian citizenship if you are in the following circumstances:
- You have been convicted of a crime in the last 3 years under the Citizenship Act
- You are currently accused of a crime under the Citizenship Act
- You have been in jail, on parole, or probation in the last 4 years
- You have been issued a deportation order
- You have been found inadmissible for Human and International Rights Violations
- You have lost your citizenship status in the past 5 years
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Applying for Canadian Citizenship
You must meet some requirements to apply for Canadian Citizenship. If you don’t have a job, then you must show some proof of income and meet the permanent residency obligations to be eligible.
Becoming a Canadian Citizen grants you several rights such as the right to live, work, and vote in Canada. You will also be allowed to exit or re-enter Canada without prior authorization and run for political office, etc.
As a new citizen, you will be required to attend a ceremony where you will recite an Oath of Citizenship. A citizenship certificate will be issued as proof of citizenship.
No, you must meet the requirements when applying for Canadian citizenship- like permanent residency, to become a citizen.
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