Determine your eligibility for citizenship – Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and their commitment to defending the values and interests of Canada. Current and past members of the CAF can apply for citizenship using a fast-track process.

The fast-track provision will accelerate citizenship for permanent residents serving in the CAF and foreign military members on exchange with the CAF. Those who have served for one year less than the standard residence requirement for citizenship may qualify for a grant of citizenship, provided they meet all other requirements. This means the length of time you served in the Canadian Armed Forces is used instead of the length of time you lived in Canada.

This application process can be used by anyone who:

  • is or was a member of the CAF; or
  • a foreign military member who is or was attached or seconded to the CAF.

To be eligible, you must meet all of the standard conditions to apply for citizenship except for the time you have lived in Canada. Instead, you must have completed three years (1,095 days) of service in or with the CAF in the six years (2,190 days) immediately before the date of your application. You must also have met your personal income tax filing obligations in three taxation years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before the date you apply. If you were a foreign military member attached or seconded to the CAF, you do not need to be a permanent resident and you do not need to meet the tax filing obligation to apply.

If you are no longer a member of the CAF, you must have been released honourably. If you were released other than honourably, you are not eligible to apply using the fast-track process.

You are able to count your time as a Regular or Reserve Force member regardless of if you were being paid as a full-time member or not. You can count time without pay as long as you were still a CAF member.

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