How do I get Canadian citizenship?

How do I get Canadian citizenship? How do I get Canadian citizenship?

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Clem Leveau-Vallier

Head of Marketing,  Arrive

In order to be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you must:

  • Be a permanent resident
  • Filed your taxes for at least three years
  • Pass a citizenship test
  • Prove your language skills in English or French
  • Not have a criminal record


There are several steps involved in applying for Canadian citizenship:

  • Calculate your physical presence in Canada: You must have been physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days (three years).
  • Download and fill out an application package: Be sure to fill out the form correctly, include two certified citizenship photos and all supporting documents, such as immigration documents, proof of language, photo ID.
  • Pay application fees: The fees for each adult citizenship application are $630 CAD and each minor application (less than 18-years-old) is $100 CAD.
  • Submit your application: Send your completed application package by mail or courier as soon as possible.
  • Take a citizenship test: Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited to take a citizenship test within weeks after your acknowledgement of receipt (AOR) letter. The citizenship test is based on the official citizenship study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. You can take the test in English or French.
  • Attend an interview: Immediately after your test, a citizen official will meet with you and check your language skills, verify your application and original documents and ask questions they may have.
  • Take the Oath of Citizenship: The citizenship ceremony is the final step to becoming Canadian and usually takes place within three months after your test.
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