All applicants who are 14 to 64 years old must prove that they 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. Additional educational documents are accepted for applicants who are 14 to 17 years old, please see language proof for children 14 to 17 years of age.
Answer these questions to see if you have proof we will accept.
We will try to verify the language proof you send us. We will not process your application and return the entire application to you if your proof is:
- Not included with the application;
- In a language other than English or French;
- Cannot be read;
- Cannot be verified; or
- Is not on the list of what we will accept.
Step 1: Have you completed a secondary or post-secondary program, in French or in English, in Canada or abroad?
If yes, send a copy of your diploma, certificate or transcript that shows you completed the program.
For applicants who are 14 to 17 years old, a copy of the most recent report card or progress report from an educational institution where the language of instruction was in either English or French is acceptable. If you do not have a copy of the most recent report card or progress report, please fill out the Educational Enrolment Confirmation for Citizenship form. For more information, please see Language proof for children 14 to 17 years of age.
Note: To submit this type of evidence, you must have successfully finished a secondary or post-secondary program in English or French. A single course done in English or French does not meet the requirement. The diploma, certificate or transcript should be in English or French. If it is not in English or French, you must also send a certified English or French translation of the document. It should clearly show that the program was completed with English or French as the language of instruction.
Include this document with your citizenship application.
If no, please continue to Step 2.
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