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Canadian Citizenship

  • You are a Canadian citizen if you were born anywhere in Canada after February 15th, 1977.

  • Individuals who were born in another country and then naturalized, are also Canadian citizens. In addition, “acquired citizenship” is based on the citizenship of one’s parents.

  • If you were born abroad after February 14th, 1977, and at least one of your biological parents was a Canadian-born citizen at the time of your birth — and lived in Canada at any time prior to your birth – you may have acquired citizenship.

Not all nations permit their citizens to hold Canadian citizenship (i.e. countries that do not allow dual citizenship). Applicants applying for citizenship must have knowledge of English or French, general knowledge of Canada’s geography, history and political system. Individuals need to be sure they are qualified to apply for citizenship, this includes the necessary number of days before applying for citizenship. If the numbers are not reached, the applicant might not be eligible. Keep in mind that there is absolutely no refund, once the application has been submitted.

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Canadian Citizenship Requirements

  • Been physically present in Canada for at least 183 days during any of the three qualifying calendar years that are fully or partially within the five years immediately before you apply

  • Have met any applicable requirement under the Income Tax Act to file income taxes for any four taxation years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before you apply

  • Intend to reside in Canada OR work outside Canada in or with, or accompany certain family members employed in or with: the Canadian Armed Forces or the federal public administration or the public service of a province

  • Be able to communicate (speak and understand) in English or French (if you are 54 years of age or older, this does not apply)

  • Be able to demonstrate, in English or French, knowledge about Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship (if you are 54 years of age or older, this does not apply)

  • 18 years old or older

  • Have adequate knowledge of Citizenship Language Requirement, if under age 54

Grant of Citizenship Process

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