Application for Canadian Citizenship
To apply for your Canadian citizenship as an adult, you must meet the below requirement:
- be 18 years of age or older;
- be a permanent resident (landed immigrant) in Canada;
- have resided in Canada for a total of three (3) years (1095 days) out of the four
(4) years on the day before you apply. You may count 1/2 time (up to a maximum of 730
half days which equals 365 days credit) for the time you resided in Canada before you became a
permanent resident. The time you resided in Canada after you became a permanent resident counts
as full time;
- know enough English or French to carry on a simple conversation; and
- know enough about Canada's history, geography, government, and the rights and
responsibilities of citizenship to pass a test (adults 55 years of age and over are exempt).
For more information about the citizenship test, see our Canadian Citizenship Test page.
You must not:
How to Apply?
- be subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act; or
- be under a removal order (asked by Immigration Canadian officials to leave Canada).
- Pay the citizenship fees: Processing Fee and a Right of Citizenship Fee when you submit an application for Canadian citizenship.
The total fee required for the application is $200.00. The Processing Fee is not refundable. The
Right of Citizenship Fee will be refunded if your application is not approved. You can pay this fee
at most financial institutions(such as a bank).
- Complete the Application Form: Download the application from
You must send a clear and legible photocopy of:
your Canadian immigration record/paper (either your Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or your Confirmation
of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292)), and both sides of your Permanent Resident Card (PRC)
if you have one
two (2) pieces of personal identification, one of which must have your photo on it. If you do not have a piece of photo identification, you must explain why. You can use a separate piece of paper to explain.
Examples of photo identification:
Canadian driver's licence, Canadian health insurance card, the page of your passport containing your photo and personal information.
If supporting documents are not in English or French (for example, a marriage certificate issued
in another country) you must supply a photocopy of each original document, a
translation and an affidavit from the person who completed the translation. Translations
from family members are not acceptable.
Send Your Application:
Include the following in your mailing:
- Receipt of payment of citizienship fees;
- Two photos taken within the last 12 months.
- Completed application form;
- Supporting document such as Permanent Resident Card and two personal IDs.
More information can be found here.
Canadian Citizenship Practice Test
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