To apply for citizenship you must have Permanent Resident status and you must have been physically present in Canada for at least 3 years (or 1095 days) during the five years right before the date you sign your application.
Recent changes to the law also mean that you can now include time spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person towards your physical presence calculations; up to a maximum of 365 days. Essentially each day spent in Canada, as a temporary resident, will equal one half day for the purposes of the physical presence calculation.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
- You must have filed your tax returns, as applicable, in those 3 years to be eligible to apply for Citizenship.
- You must show that you can speak and listen in one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French. (This applies to any applicant between 18 and 54 years of age.)
- You must sit a test to demonstrate your knowledge of Canada. (This applies to any applicant between 18 and 54 years of age.) Content for the test is contained in a booklet:
Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.
You may not be eligible for Citizenship if you have committed a crime in or outside of Canada or have been convicted of an offence in the four years before applying for citizenship.
It is important to ensure that once you become a Permanent Resident, you keep track of all the days you spend outside of Canada as this is often the most challenging aspect of the application for many clients, especially those with an extensive travel history. If you are not sure if you qualify for Citizenship, we are happy to offer you a free assessment and provide you with a quote for us to complete your application, if you are eligible.
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