Immigration - Canadian Citizenship

Apply for Canadian Citizenship

If you have been a permanent resident of Canada for at least 4 years, you may qualify to become a Canadian citizen.

The requirements are similar to remaining a permanent resident, however they are somewhat more strict.

The resident requirement for Canadian citizenship is being physically present in Canada for 4 out of the last 6 years, AND having been physically present in Canada for at least 183 days per year for at least 4 out of the last 6 years. You must meet both of these residence requirements to become a Canadian citizen.

Time spent outside Canada with a Canadian spouse or working for a Canadian company does NOT count as time spent in Canada for the purpose of a Canadian citizenship application like it does for a PR card application – you must be physically present in Canada in order for this time to count toward the residence requirement.

In addition to the residence requirement, applicants for Canadian citizenship must also meet other criteria such as not having been convicted of crime or being dishonest on previous immigration applications.

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