Apply for citizenship

Important: You must submit your application using the latest forms

Citizenship application forms were updated on June 11, 2015. All applications received on or after June 11, 2015 must use the latest forms (dated 06-2015) or they will be considered incomplete and will be returned. This includes resubmitted applications.

This section will guide you through the steps to become a Canadian citizen.

Determine your eligibility

See if you are eligible to become a Canadian citizen. You must qualify in these areas:

  • age,
  • permanent resident status,
  • time you have lived in Canada,
  • income tax filing,
  • intent to reside,
  • language ability,
  • how well you know Canada, and
  • prohibitions.

If you are unsure whether you are Canadian or not, see if you may already be a citizen.


If you are eligible, you can apply to become a citizen. You can also find out how to apply for urgent processing.

Check processing times

Find the total processing time required for routine applications.

After you apply: get next steps

Find out what to expect and what you should do after you apply.

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