IRCC recently announced that multiple adults can soon apply for citizenship online. Currently, only single adults are eligible to apply online for Canadian citizenship. However, in the fall of 2022, the online portal will be available to families and minors.
One of the spokespeople from IRCC said that “IRCC is working towards an expansion of the e-Application in order to allow Adults (i.e., 18 or older) to apply online together as a family or a group, and is currently targeting a Fall 2022 implementation.”
Furthermore, IRCC also said that “Planning has commenced for further e-Application expansion to minors under 18 years of age, as well as adults and minors applying together as a family or a group.”
Last year, IRCC made some changes to its system. Clients can now submit the IMM 5476 – Use of Representatives form. This form lets clients use the services of a representative in preparing their applications.
Also, IRCC said that once the online applications are implemented, it will develop more functionality for the representatives. Presently, representatives can’t submit files on behalf of their customers.
However, they can prepare citizenship applications. Also, the representatives can talk to IRCC before and after the application is submitted online. IRCC aims to let representatives submit online applications for their clients by the end of 2022.
Eligibility criteria for citizenship
To get citizenship in Canada, you should first get a Permanent Residency in Canada. Once you are a PR you need to fulfill the following criteria—
- Should have lived in Canada for at least three years, i.e., 1,095 days during the past five years.
- Meet the minimum language requirements in either English or French. So, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54, you have to submit proof of your language proficiency.
- Must know about the rights and responsibilities of a Canadian citizen. Also, you need to know about Canadian history, political system, and geography.
- Lastly, you should not have any criminal records.
So, soon people who fulfill the above criteria can send the applications along with their families.
Shanvi Kaur is a content writer at Immigration News Canada. She moved to Canada as an immigrant and now focuses on bringing the latest news to immigrants to make their journey easier in Canada!