Canadians take pride in their status, and the rights and freedoms that come with citizenship.

By taking this important step toward Canadian citizenship, you are helping to write the continuing story of Canada, which is built on a proud history and a strong identity.

When you apply for citizenship, the IRCC will check your status, verify that you are not prohibited from applying, and ensure that you meet the requirements.

To become a Canadian citizen, most applicants must:

  • Be a permanent resident
  • Have lived in Canada for 3 of the last five years
  • Have filed your taxes if you need to
  • Pass a citizenship test
  • Prove your language skills in English or French
  • Physical Presence In Canada
  • Language Skills
  • Citizenship Test

You must have been physically in Canada for at least 1,095 days (3 years) during the 5 years before the date you sign your application.

Canada has two official languages: English and French. If you are 18 to 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you must show that you can speak and listen at a specific level in one of these languages.

IRCC will accept various certificates, diplomas, and tests as proof of your language skills.

If you are 18 to 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you need to take the citizenship test. You will be required to answer questions about Canada’s history, symbols, democratic institutions, geography, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.