Help Centre what do you need help with?

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. This includes being physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least:

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.

For more information


Answers others found useful

Help tool

  • Discover Canada Study Guide

Form and guide

Glossary term

Date Modified: