4 Steps Guide to Become Canadian Citizen

Apply for Canadian Citizenship Becoming a Canadian citizen is a four step process which starts by becoming permanent resident of Canada. Once you are in Canada and have been living here for at least four years without involving in any criminal activities, you should have been integrated into the Canadian society very well by now. You should have no problem in expressing yourself and communicating with other people in either English or French. You check out if you meet the eligibility criteria to apply for Canadian citizenship and then you prepare your application. After submitting the application you will have to write a Citizenship test and go through citizenship interview before you can finally receive your Canadian citizenship. Here you will learn all the four steps which are essential to successfully become a Canadian citizen.

1. Check Your Eligibility

There are seven factors which you need to meet before you can apply to become the proud citizen of this great nation of Canada. These factors are following:

  1. Your Age
  2. Permanent Resident Status
  3. Time Lived in Canada
  4. Income Tax Filing
  5. Intent to Reside
  6. Language Proficiency
  7. Prohibitions/Criminal Activities

You can find out more about all these factors by reading 7 requirements to fulfill before applying for Canada citizenship. You can also this handy ttool to calculate the length of period you have lived in Canada.

2. Prepare and Submit your application

If you meet all the requirements, then it is time to prepare you application and send it along with fee for processing so that you can become Canadian citizen. Minors under the age of 18 years can become Canadian citizen at the time when their parents are applying. There are two different types of application forms for adult applicants and minor applicants.

You can download the application forms from Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. You need the following forms for applicants who are 18 years or older.

  1. Application for Canadian Citizenship — Adults (including the Document Checklist) [Form CIT 0002]
  2. Residence Outside Canada [Form CIT 0177]
  3. Use of a Representative [Form IMM 5476]  (Optional)

Application form for minors:

  1. Application for Canadian Citizenship — Minors (including the Document Checklist [Form CIT 0003]

You must have all the supporting documents by now. You need the following documents to submit with the application forms.

  • Photocopy of your Record of Landing (IMM1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292 or IMM5688)
  • Photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card (PRC)
  • Photocopy of language evidence
  • Photocopies of biographical pages of passports and/or travel documents covering the six (6) years immediately before the date of your application, or since you became a permanent resident
  • Photocopy of two (2) pieces of personal identification, one of which must have your photo on it
  • On-line Physical Presence Calculator (printout from the Internet) or the form How to Calculate Physical Presence (CIT0407) fully completed, signed and dated.
  • Two photographs
  • Fee Receipt

The completed package should be sent to the following Citizenship and Immigration Canada location either by regular mail or courier service. However, please do not forget to write the correct address.

Use this address when you are sending your application using regular mail service:
Case Processing Centre – Sydney-Grant Adults
Box 7000
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6V6

Address when sending application through courier service:
Case Processing Centre – Sydney-Grant Adults
49 Dorchester
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5Z2

3. Write Citizenship Test

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will start processing your application for Canadian citizenship if it is complete and includes required fee and documents. If you are assessed to be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you will be asked to write Citizenship Test. You will also receive Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship to prepare for the test. On the day of writing your Citizenship test, you will also be assessed about your language skills by examining the way you communicate with the citizenship officer or staff.

4. Attend Citizenship Ceremony

If your application has been approved then you will be asked to attend a citizenship ceremony as the final step of your becoming Canadian citizenship process. You will take the oath of Canadian Citizenship and receive the Canadian Citizenship certificate.

Oath of Canadian Citizenship

Here is a short video showing what happens at Citizenship Ceremony.

We wish you all the best, You can contact us if you need more iformation about becoming Canadian citizen.


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