Permanent residents, after being physically present in Canada for at least four years, may obtain Canadian citizenship by submitting a citizenship application. To become eligible, you must prove that you have assimilated as lawful and productive members of Canadian society.
- AGE: You must be at least 18 years old to apply. Children under 18 may have their parent/guardian submit an application on their behalf; one parent must already be a Canadian citizen or is applying for citizenship at the same time.
- STATUS: You must have permanent resident (PR) status. You must fulfill all conditions related to the status, and this status must not be in question.
- PRESENCE: You must have been physically present in Canada as a PR for 1460 days during the 6 years prior to the date of application. This does not apply to children under 18 years old.
- INCOME TAX: You must have met your personal income tax filing obligations for four taxation years within the 6 years prior to the date of application.
- INTENT: You must declare their intent to live and reside in Canada.
- LANGUAGE ABILITIES: You must display and prove that you have adequate knowledge in one of the two official languages of Canada (i.e. English and French).
- KNOWLEDGE: If you are between 14-64 years old, you must display your understanding of the rights and responsibilities of a citizen. You must also display your knowledge of Canadian history, values, current events, etc. This may be tested through written or oral forms.
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