Those seeking to become a Canadian citizen must first make an application to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, similar to applying for permanent residency (IRCC). Applicants who meet the criteria for eligibility will then be requested to sit and pass the citizenship test. To help them obtain a passing grade on the 30-minute test, IRCC will provide a study guide for citizen applicants. There would be no provision for applicants under the age of 18 to take the exam.
Citizen applicants will be expected to present themselves with all appropriate (original paperwork relating to their permanent residency in Canada, immigration papers, photo identification, and passport to be admitted to the exam space. It will not accept photocopies. To be registered, anyone wishing to acquire Canadian citizenship must also comply with the minimum language requirements, and most must also provide.
Some applicants may also be asked before a citizenship judge to undergo an interview. Citizenship applicants who successfully fulfil the eligibility criteria and pass all exams (and if requested interviews) are expected to attend a citizenship ceremony where they will receive their Canadian citizenship certificate and become official citizens of Canada.
Significant amendments to Canadian citizenship laws came into force in late 2017, making the process of applying for Canadian citizenship quicker and simpler than ever before.
The following eligibility criteria must be met by permanent residents hopeful of becoming a Canadian citizen.
Ineligibility for Citizenship
Inversely, applications for citizenship would be refused to applicants who