Canadian Citizenship

Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Citizenship Application Requirements

If you have been a permanent resident of Canada for at least 2 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 residence requirement for Canadian citizenship is being physically present in Canada for 3 out of the last 5, with at least 2 years spent as a permanent resident. 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.


Processing Time

Canadian citizenship processing times have gone down in recent years from nearly 2 years to 6 – 8 months for straightforward cases.

Citizenship application milestones generally follow these timeframes:

  • 1 – 2 months to receive Acknowledgement of Receipt
  • 3 – 5 months for a citizenship test date (if applicable)
  • 6 – 8 months for citizenship oath date


Canadian Citizenship Fees

IRCC charges $630 for any adult applicant to become a Canadian citizen.

Our office charges a professional fee between $900 – $1100 to prepare a Canadian citizenship application for an adult client.

Canadian citizenship application fees for children are $100 IRCC fee and $400 professional fee.

Family applications can be combined for a lower price. Please see our Fees page for more information.


Residence Questionnaire

The residence questionnaire is something that no applicant for Canadian citizenship wants to receive. Applicants are required to submit years of paperwork to show that they have been in Canada during the relevant period on their citizenship application.

Our office can assist you in preparing this package of documents, and advise you of additional documents to support your case outside of the IRCC list.

Our fee for assistance with an RQ is $1500 – $2000.

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Call or email us to schedule a one-hour consultation to assess your eligibility to become a Canadian citizen.

We are also happy to credit the consultation fee to you if you decide to retain our services.

All information on this website is accurate as of the date of publication. Doherty Fultz Immigration Inc. (DFI) is not liable for any action taken without retaining DFI as legal representative or without express instruction from DFI.