Subject to the Canadian Citizenship Act, a Canadian citizen is someone who was:
- Born in Canada after February 15, 1977;
- Born outside of Canada after February 14, 1977, but one of their parents, other than an adoptive parent, is a Canadian citizen;
- Citizenship/ acquired citizenship has been allowed;
- Dual citizenship is permitted by Canada. However, not all nations permit their citizens to hold Canadian citizenship (i.e. countries that do not allow dual citizenship) if they become a Canadian citizen.
Individuals who are applying to be a Canadian citizen must submit an application and write a citizenship test. The test demands knowledge of English or French, general knowledge about Canada’s geography, history and political system.
It is necessary to be sure that the applicant is qualified to apply for citizenship. Applicants must get the necessary number of days before applying for citizenship. Should it be otherwise, the applicants might not be eligible. There is absolutely no refund.
The eligibility requirements to apply for citizenship:
The applicant must have resided in Canada for 3 of the previous 4 years immediately prior to his/her application, and after having received permanent residency. Applicants who have had a Temporary Resident Status immediately preceding the date of landing in Canada may also gather residency time for up to a maximum of 1 year. Any Temporary Resident status prior to obtaining permanent residence in Canada counts as 1/2 time.
For the purposes of citizenship, a person must show that that he or she has established sufficient ties to the community and reasons for residing in Canada. This can include having moved their primary residence to Canada. This takes into account the applicant’s life in Canada in a three year period in the preceding four years.
Please contact our office should you have any questions regarding your qualifications as the computation is not simple.
Kids/ Children citizenship services:
Minor children under the age of 18 aren’t required to fulfill the residency condition, provided that they have one parent who is either a Canadian citizen or who is applying to be a Canadian citizen. The parent of a child who is under 18 may apply for the child when the child receives permanent resident status.
For further information regarding the procedures, please contact us.