On the Canadian Government’s website you can find the Canadian citizenship application. You can fill and submit this application online if you are applying just for yourself.
However, if you are applying for more than 1 person (for example a family of 4) then you can fill the applications for everyone online. But you must print them out, put them in one envelope and mail them out so they will be processed together.
You will also have to pay the government fees for submitting this application.
Once you’ve completed your application you will mail it to the case processing center. The mailing address can be found on the governments website.
When the IRCC receive and check your application, they will contact you to let you know if there are any mistakes or if the application can be fully processed. If there were no mistakes in the application, then they will send you a Citizenship test or interview which you have to complete. The test is only for people who are between the ages of 18 – 54. The interview is for people who are above 55 years of age. People under 18 don’t have to write a test or take an interview.
If you pass the test you will be given a date for the citizenship ceremony.
At the Oath Ceremony, you will receive your citizenship certificate and become a Canadian citizen.
The Oath Ceremony was previously done in person, but during the COVID times, it is done online.
Lastly, your PR card has to be destroyed.
After 48 hours of becoming a citizen, you can apply for a Canadian passport.
After you’ve submitted your application and followed the steps above, it can take 1 to 2 years to get an invite to the Oath Ceremony where you will receive your citizenship. To check the current processing time it will take for your application, click here.
The government charges a fee for each citizenship application you submit. For an adult the fee is $630 and for a child the fee is $100.
No, you are not eligible to apply, because you have to be in Canada for 3 years in the last 5 years.
A child or someone who is under 18 cannot apply for citizenship by themselves. A parent or guardian has to apply on the child’s behalf. The parent can apply for their own citizenship with the child, however you must fill separate application for the child and parent.
No, you’re not eligible for Citizenship because of your criminal record.
However, there are ways to become eligible, for example by getting on parole. There are more details and complexities to each case which will determine if you can be eligible. For more information contact us at 403-805-5111