Find out if you have the language proof you need to apply for citizenship: Step 1

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:

  • diploma
  • transcript
  • certificate

Your proof must be:

  • from a secondary or post-secondary program in English or French
  • written in English or French

Continue with your application for Canadian citizenship.

If you have not, continue to Step 2.

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