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.

Discover Canada

Study for your citizenship test and learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
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