Citizenship of Canada is also known as world citizenship. The citizen of Canada can visit most of the countries of the world without any prior permission or visa. The Citizenship of Canada makes you eligible for a Canadian Passport.

Canadian Citizenship makes you eligible for many federal jobs and gives you a right to be a candidate in federal, provincial and territorial elections. A Canadian citizen can also pass Canadian Citizenship to his/her children born outside of Canada (with some limitations). Being a Canadian Citizen, you have no obligation to live in Canada for any specific number of years.

The Citizenship Act provides the legislative requirements which must be fulfilled to become a Citizen of Canada.

To be eligible for the grant of Citizenship:

  • you must be of at least 18 years of age. In the case of a child under 18, the application must be made by the Child’s parent or other legal guardian;
  • you must be a permanent resident of Canada for at least 1095 days during the 5 years immediately before the date of your application for Citizenship, and you must have filed a return of income in respect of three taxation years that are fully or partially within the 5 years immediately before the date of the application;
  • if you are 18-54 years old, you must establish that you have required proficiency in both or either English or French languages. You can meet this language requirement by writing the language proficiency test or by submitting your secondary or post-secondary diploma to confirm that you studied in English or French;
  • if you are 18-54 years old, you must demonstrate in one of Canada’s official languages adequate knowledge of Canada, and the responsibilities and privileges of Citizenship;
  • you must not be subject to a removal order or an immigration investigation; and
  • you must not be inadmissible to Canada

In addition, criminal conviction(s) may also impact your eligibility to become a citizen of Canada.

Citizenship by Descent

If you are born outside of Canada, and at the time of your birth, one of your parents was born in Canada or a naturalized Canadian citizen, you may be eligible for Canadian Citizenship.

If you need assistance in securing Canadian Citizenship or if your application for Canadian Citizenship has been refused, you can contact our office for assistance.