Becoming Canadian Citizen
The benefits to obtaining Canadian citizenship are not limited to the right to vote. Additional rights and privileges are afforded to Canadian citizens that are not afforded to permanent residents of Canada. We are pleased to assist our clients by assessing their eligibility for Canadian citizenship and filing the appropriate applications on their behalf.
If you are an adult wishing to obtain Canadian citizenship, you must meet the following criteria:
- be 18 years of age or older;
- be a permanent resident of Canada;
- have lived in Canada for at least three of the four years before applying (your period of residency in Canada does not include any time spent (a) under a probation order; (b) as a paroled inmate; or (c) in prison);
- be able to communicate in either English or French;
- be able to demonstrate knowledge about Canada and the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship (a test is required of every adult ages 18-54 years).
If you are a child wishing to obtain Canadian citizenship, you must meet the following criteria:
- be a permanent resident of Canada (the three-year residency requirement is not required);
- an adult applying on behalf of his or her child must be a Canadian citizen or may apply for citizenship as a family.
You cannot become a Canadian Citizen if:
- you are under a removal order;
- you have been charged with or convicted of an indictable criminal offence in the past three years;
- you are charged with an indictable criminal offence;
- you are in prison or on probation;
- you are under investigation for war crimes or have been convicted of war crimes;
- your citizenship has been revoked in the last five years.