What are the requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen?
Your eligibility for citizenship depends on your situation, such as:
- adult (18 years of age or older) permanent residents of Canada applying for:
- your minor (under 18) child
- past Canadian citizens who want to get your Canadian citizenship back
- this includes current and former Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members
- Canadians applying for citizenship for your adopted child born outside Canada
- current or former CAF members applying under the fast-track process
Spouses of Canadian citizens
You don’t automatically become a citizen when you marry a Canadian. If you’re a spouse of a Canadian citizen, you:
- don’t need to meet any special requirements
- must meet the same eligibility requirements as other adults
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