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Do I become a Canadian citizen when I marry a Canadian?

No. Marrying a Canadian citizen doesn’t give you citizenship.

If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you must follow the same steps as everyone else. There isn’t a special process for spouses of Canadian citizens.

You must meet several requirements to apply for citizenship. You must be physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days during the five years right before the date you applied. This includes time as a:

Your Canadian spouse can sponsor you to become a permanent resident if you:

You may apply for citizenship if you:

There are different rules to determine if children of Canadians born outside Canada have Canadian citizenship.

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