What are the requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen?
What are the requirements to apply for Canadian citizenship?
You must meet different requirements to apply for citizenship depending on your situation. Are you:
- An adult (18 years of age or older) permanent resident of Canada applying for yourself or your minor (under 18) child.
- A current or former member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) applying under the fast-track process.
- Someone who used to be a Canadian citizen, including current and former CAF members, and wants to get your Canadian citizenship back.
- A Canadian applying for citizenship for their adopted child who was born outside Canada.
There are not special requirements for spouses of Canadian citizens to apply for citizenship. Spouses of Canadians must meet the same requirements as other adults. You do not automatically become a citizen when you marry a Canadian.
Please use this Web form if:
- the normal processing time for your application has passed and
- you cannot check the status of your application online or
- you wish to report important changes about your application, such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces, adoptions, changes in address, changes in job status or
- you need urgent processing or
- you would like to make a refugee claim
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