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:
- 1,460 days during the six years right before the date you applied
- 183 days during each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years right before the date you applied
Your Canadian spouse can sponsor you to become a permanent resident if you:
- don’t live in Canada or
- aren’t a permanent resident
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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