Canada considers itself a country of immigrants. Universal healthcare, excellent schooling options and healthy work environments are only some of the reasons why people from across the world apply for Canadian citizenship. Canada recognizes dual citizenship which means that applicants do not have to give up their earlier citizenship to become a Canadian citizen. Some of the other benefits of becoming a Canadian citizen include:

  • Visa free travel to more than 100 plus countries;
  • Citizenship by birth for children born in Canada;
  • Better Job Prospects;
Fast Facts
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Total Area: 9,984,670 km2
  • Population: 35,151,728 (2017)
  • Location: Northern Section of North America
  • Calling Code: +1
  • Time difference: GMT -4, -5, -6, -7
  • Government Type: Parliamentary democracy, a federation, and a constitutional monarchy;
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD);
  • Exchange rate: 0.77 CAD = 1 USD (2018)
  • Languages: English, French;
  • Religions: 67.2% Christianity, 23.9% Non-religious, 3.2% Islam, 1.5% Hinduism, 4.1% Other.
  • Industries: Energy, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Automotive
Citizenship Qualifying Criteria

Canada welcomes immigrants from across the world but not everyone is eligible for Canadian citizenship. To apply for Canadian citizenship, the applicant must meet all the below conditions.
Age

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • In case of minors,
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must apply.
  • At least one parent must be a Canadian citizen or should be applying for Canadian citizenship.

Permanent Resident Status

  • Applicant must be a Permanent Resident of Canada.
  • There must be no unfulfilled conditions related to the applicant’s Permanent Resident status.
  • Applicant’s PR status must not be under review for any fraud or immigration reasons.

Time lived in Canada

  • Applicant must have spent at least 1095 days out of the past 5 years in Canada as a permanent resident;
  • This is not applicable for applicants under the age of 18 years.

Language Abilities

  • Applicant must be able to converse in English or French.
  • This is not applicable for applicants under the age of 18 years and above the age of 54 years.

Criminal History (Prohibitions)

  • Applicant should not be serving a sentence, be on parole or on probation inside or outside Canada
  • Applicant should not have been charged with or convicted of an indictable offense in or outside Canada

Knowledge of Canada

  • Applicant must be able to answer questions regarding Canada’s values, history, institutions, rights and responsibilities of citizenship and symbols.
  • Applicant must pass a written test in English or French on the above points.
  • This is not applicable for applicants under the age of 18 years.
Steps and Timeline

If you meet the above conditions, you are eligible for Canadian citizenship. The steps to becoming a citizen are:
Fill in the Application

  • Download application
  • Collect photocopies of all supporting documents needed
  • Pay application fees
  • Mail completed applications with copies of all supporting documents to Immigration Canada.

Pass Citizenship Test

  • On receipt of the application, a booklet entitled “Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship” will be sent to the applicant
  • Study this booklet thoroughly
  • Receive ‘Notice to appear’ for interview and citizenship test

Take the Citizenship Oath

  • On clearing the citizenship test, the applicant will be notified on where to take the citizenship oath.
  • After taking the oath, receive Certificate of Canadian Citizenship.
Application Fees

The application fees to be paid when applying for Canadian citizenship are nonrefundable. It needs to be paid in Canadian dollars. This includes a processing fee and right of citizenship fee. The exact amount payable depends on the age of the applicant. In addition, the applicant may also need to pay a fee for the citizenship certificate, the right of citizenship etc. Please contact us to know more.