Requirements for Canadian Citizenship


To apply for Canadian citizenship, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

      • Be at least 18 years old
      • Be a permanent resident of Canada
      • Have lived in Canada as a PR for at least 4 years out of the 6 years (1,460 days) before you apply
      • Be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days of each year during the 4-year period
      • Have filed your taxes for at least 4 years during the last 6 years and any income tax you may owe must be paid
      • Declare that you plan to live in Canada after you become a citizen
      • Provide proof that you know how to speak and write in one of Canada’s official languages (either English or French)
      • Speak in one official language during the interview
      • Apply for citizenship from within Canada
      • Pay a $100 fee for the Right of Citizenship
      • If you are between the ages of 14 and 64 when you apply, you must take the citizenship test before the citizenship ceremony

To apply for citizenship for a child under 18:

      • you must be the child’s parent, adoptive parent or legal guardian,
      • the child must be a permanent resident, and
      • one parent must be a Canadian citizen or apply to become a citizen at the same time (it applies to adoptive parents too)



Canadian Citizenship Practice Test

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