Canadian citizens enjoy many rights however these rights come with certain responsibilities.
Current Canadian Citizenship Act
- Physical presence for 3 (1095 days) out of 5 years preceding the date of the application.
- For every day during which the applicant was physically present in Canada as a temporary resident (worker, student, visitor, protected person) before becoming a permanent resident, the applicant accumulates half of a day of physical presence, up to a maximum of 365 days of credited time.
- Applicants aged 18-54 must meet language requirements and pass a language test.
- Applicants aged18-54 must pass a knowledge test.
- File Canadian income taxes (if required to do so under the Income Tax Act) for 3 taxation years out of 5 years preceding the date of the application.
- Time spent serving a conditional sentence order cannot be counted towards meeting the physical presence requirement.
- Applicants who are serving conditional sentence orders cannot take the oath of citizenship and are prohibited from being granted Canadian citizenship.
- Canadian citizenship officers do have authority to seize fraudulent documents submitted as part of the Citizenship application.
How can we help?
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We will submit the application on your behalf and act as your authorized representative. Our full representation does not end with the application submission – we will guide you step by step through the whole process and communicate with IRCC on your behalf. In the unlikely event that you are asked to fill out a residential questionnaire, we will offer our assistance (additional fees may apply).
Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship (Official Citizenship study guide)