If you’re 18 to 54 years old, you must prove you have adequate knowledge of English or French to apply for citizenship.
To do this, you must send at least one of the documents we accept as proof with your citizenship application.
We will review the language proof you send us. We won’t process your application and will return the entire application to you if your proof:
- can’t be read
- isn’t included with the application
- is in a language other than English or French (without a certified translation)
Answer these questions to find out if you have proof we will accept.
Have you completed or are you currently attending a secondary or post-secondary program, in French or in English, in Canada or abroad?
If you are, send a copy of proof that you have completed or are currently attending a program with your citizenship application. Proof can be your:
Your proof must be:
- from a secondary or post-secondary program in English or French
- written in English or French
- if it is in another language, you must also send a certified English or French translation
- the translation should show that the language of instruction of the program was English or French
Continue with your application for Canadian citizenship.
If you have not, continue to Step 2.
Top questions about citizenship language requirements
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