If you’re 14 to 64 years old, you must prove you have adequate knowledge of English or French to apply for citizenship.
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
- can’t be verified
- 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.
Step 1: Have you completed a secondary or post-secondary program, in French or in English, in Canada or abroad?
If you have, send a copy of proof that you completed a program with your citizenship application. Proof can be your:
Your proof must be:
- from a completed secondary or post-secondary program in English or French
- a single course done in English or French doesn’t meet the requirement
- 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 program was for English or French language
For applicants who are 14 to 17 years old, acceptable language proof includes:
- a copy of the most recent report from an educational institution where the language of instruction was in either English or French, such as a:
- report card
- progress report
- the Educational Enrolment Confirmation for Citizenship form (if you don’t have a copy of the most recent report card or progress report)
For more information, see Language proof for children 14 to 17 years of age.
Continue with your application for Canadian citizenship.
If you have not, continue to Step 2.
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