Determine your eligibility – Resuming citizenship

General eligibility

To be eligible to resume your Canadian citizenship, you must meet the following requirements.

You must:

  • have been a Canadian citizen
  • have become a permanent resident of Canada after you lost your Canadian citizenship and
  • have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least one year immediately before you apply.

You must not:

  • have had your Canadian citizenship taken away (revoked)
  • have been convicted of an indictable (criminal) offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act in the three years before you apply
  • be currently charged with an indictable offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act
  • be in prison, on parole or on probation
  • be under a removal order (an order from Canadian officials to leave Canada) or
  • be under investigation for, be charged with or have been convicted of a war crime or a crime against humanity.

If you are unsure whether you are Canadian or not, see if you may already be a citizen.

Eligibility for Canadian Armed Forces members

If you were a Canadian citizen and you are or were a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), you might be able to resume Canadian citizenship through a fast-track process for Canadian Armed Forces members. You must meet the standard qualifications to resume citizenship, with the one exception that you do not need to be living in Canada as a permanent resident for at least a year. Under the new fast-track rules, you must have completed at least six months (182 days) of service in, or with, the CAF in the year before you apply.

If you were a Canadian citizen, and you are or were a foreign military member attached or seconded to the CAF, you might also be eligible. You must meet the conditions of a CAF member with the exception that you do not need to be a permanent resident of Canada.

 
 
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