Each year many people move to Canada in search of better opportunities. Moving to Canada on temporary visa like study visa, work permit, etc or directly as a permanent resident (PR), last step in getting legal statuses and applying to IRCC is getting Canadian citizenship.
Today is the Canada Day and we received overwhelming inquiries regarding how an individual can become a Canadian citizen.
Permanent residents already residing in Canada for 3 years and new PRs who will stay here for more than 1,095 days in last 5 years are eligible for Canadian citizenship.
Furthermore, Canadian passport is one of the strongest and offer you access to around 185 countries around the Globe.
Canada is aiming to welcome around 1.5 immigrants to become PRs by 2023. So, this means these PRs have the opportunity to be Canadian citizens between 2026 to 2028.
Canada has one of the easy pathway to citizenship once you are a permanent resident fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
So, if you want to know more about getting citizenship, this article is for you to provide general eligibility and how to apply.
Who can apply for a Canadian Citizenship
In order to apply for Canadian citizenship, you must-
- Be a permanent resident of Canada
- Have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years (1,095 days)
- Be able to prove your language skills
- Have filed your taxes, if needed
- Pass a citizenship test
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How to apply?
You need to follow the following steps to apply for Canadian citizenship—
Firstly, check your eligibility by using IRCC’s physical presence calculator by click here.
If you are eligible to apply online, Then get an application package. This has all the instruction guides and forms that you will have to fill out.
Make sure to use the guide as well as the document checklist. This will ensure that you don’t miss anything.
Also, you might be eligible to apply online for citizenship as well.
Furthermore, you need to pay the application fees. The fees depend on whether you are over or under 18 years of age.
This fee includes the processing fees and the right of citizenship fee.
Also, if you are submitting more than one application at the same time, you can pay all the fees together.
You have to pay your fees online. Also, once you pay the fees, make sure to keep the receipt. You have to include the fee receipt with your application.
Lastly, you have to submit your application. You must be eligible for Canadian citizenship the day before you sign the application form.
Don’t forget to sign the application form. You have to date the form.
Depending on your age and application you might also need to take a test or go for an interview.
The processing time for a citizenship application is 27 months. You can always track the status of your application here.
The application fee for people over 18 is 630$. This includes processing ($530) and a right of citizenship fee ($100). The processing fee for people under 18 is $100