New changes to Canadian Citizenship
- Required physical presence in Canada reduced to 3 out of 5 Years
- Days spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident, within 5 years of applying for citizenship, count as half days (up to 365 days) toward physical presence requirements.
- Age range for language and knowledge requirements reduced to 18-54 years old.
- Time required for applicants to file income taxes before applying for citizenship is reduced to 3 out of 5 years.
Find out if you eligible to become a Canadian Citizen:
Permanent Resident Status
- Regardless of your age, you must have Permanent Resident status in Canada.
- Your PR status must not be in question.
- Time you have lived in Canada
- Regardless of your age, you must have been physically present in Canada for at least 1095 days during the five years right before the date you sign your application.
- You may be able to use some of your time spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person towards your physical presence calculation. Each day spent physically in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident within the last 5 years will count as one half day, with maximum of 365 days, toward your physical presence.
- You may be eligible to apply even if you don’t meet the minimum time lived in Canada if you’re a:Crown servant (certain categories of public officials)
Family member of Crown servant
- Income Tax Filing
- -Regardless of your age, you must meet your personal income tax filing obligations in three tax years that are fully or partially with the five years right before the date you apply.
- Language skills
- -If you are 18 to 54 years old, you must submit proof that demonstrates that you can speak and listen in English or French.
- How well you know Canada
To become a citizen, you’ll need to take a test to meet the knowledge requirement for citizenship. You’ll need to answer questions about Canada’s:
- Right, responsibilities and privileges of citizenship
- If you have committed a crime in or outside Canada, you may not be eligible to become a Canadian citizen for a period of time.