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A Guide to Canadian Citizenship Requirements

You’ve watched the home channels showcasing Canadian suburbia at its best, you've drooled at the posts documenting the country’s vibrant foodie culture and you’ve read the reports of all the promising job prospects available in the Great White North over the last few months. If that’s not a sign that Canada’s calling, we don’t know what is! With the Canadian government’s goal of welcoming 1.23 million immigrants to become permanent residents by 2023, the time has never been better to set off on your journey to becoming a Canuck. So, let's explore all the Canadian Citizenship requirements and get you on your way to frolicking amongst the maple leaves, eh!

What Do I Have to do to Be Eligible for Canadian Citizenship?

To qualify for Canadian Citizenship, you will have to meet the requirements set by the Government of Canada. You must:

  • Have Canadian permanent resident status
  • Have lived in the country for at least three years out of a five-year period
  • Take and pass a test for citizenship
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English and/or French

It’s important to note that there will be additional requirements under the following circumstances:

  • If you apply for someone under the age of 18
  • If you’re a Canadian citizen wanting to apply for citizenship for a child you’re adopting from another country
  • If you are or have been in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and apply via a set fast-track process
  • If you’re a former citizen of Canada and would like to become one again

Canadian Citizenship Requirements Explained

  1. Permanent Resident Status

Irrespective of how old you are, you’ll have to have obtained Canadian permanent residency if you are going to apply to become a citizen of the Great White North. Note, however, that there are several things that will be reviewed in your application for Canadian citizenship.

  1. Time Spent Living in Canada (physical presence)

This refers to time physically spent living in Canada. It is advised that you should try to apply for Canadian citizenship only once you have spent over 1,095 days in the country. This applies to minors as well. Spending extra days up north will count in your favor.

Top Tip: You can track your time spent outside of Canada by keeping a travel logbook. This will assist in keeping track of your time spent in the country.

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