Apply for citizenship

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. There are six areas where you must qualify:

  • age,
  • permanent resident status,
  • time you have lived in Canada,
  • language ability,
  • criminal history and
  • how well you know Canada.

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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