Proof of Citizenship might be needed to vote, obtain a passport or drivers license, get a job and access government services.
Eight Eligibility Requirements Canadian Citizenship:
- Age – must be at least 18 years of age to apply for Canadian Citizenship.
- Permanent Resident – must be a permanent resident of Canada and must not be the subject on immigration investigation, inquiry or removal order.
- Residence in Canada – adults must have resided in Canada for at least 1460 days1 for the past 6 years. Also, must be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days during each of the 4 calendar years. within the 6 years immediately prior to applying for citizenship. Days spent in Canada as a non-permanent resident is not eligible.
- Income Tax Filing – must have filed personal income tax for four (4) years within the six (6) year immediately prior to applying for citizenship.
- Intent to Reside – must declare intent to reside in Canada during the citizenship application process.
- Language Ability – adequate knowledge in English or French must be shown2
- Knowledge of Canada – an understanding of the rights, responsibilities and privileges of Canadian citizenship must be shown along with an understanding of Canada’s history, values, institutions and symbols. Take me to the Study Guide.
- Criminal History – cannot become a citizen if you:
- have been convicted of an indictable3 offence in Canada or an offence outside of Canada in the four years before applying for citizenship,
- are charged with, on trial for, or involved in an appeal of an indictable offence in Canada or an offence outside of Canada, or
- are in prison, on parole or on probation, or are serving a sentence outside of Canada.