Application for Canadian citizenship under subsection 5(1) – Adults 18 years of age and older (CIT 0002)

Table of Contents


This is not a legal document. For legal information, refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations or the Citizenship Act and Regulations, as applicable.

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request.


Overview

Application package

This application package consists of:

  • an instruction guide and
  • the required forms

The instruction guide is a tool that provides:

  • the information you must know about this application before sending it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and
  • assistance with how to fill out the forms and the required supporting documents

Read the instruction guide thoroughly and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are specifically designed with questions that will assist the processing of your application.


Symbols used in this guide

This guide uses the following symbols to indicate information of particular importance.

Required step
What you must do to have your application processed.
Important information
Important information that you need to be aware of in order to avoid delays or other problems.
Get more information
Where to get more information.
Note:
Tips that will assist you with this application.

The application process

The instructions provided in this guide follow the basic steps you will need to know to complete your application.

  1. Gather documents
  2. Complete the application
  3. Pay the fees
  4. Mail the application

Before you apply

Who may use this application?

This application is meant for:


Citizenship residence requirements

The Citizenship Act requires a person to reside in Canada 3 years (1095 days) in the four (4) years immediately before the date of the application.

How do I calculate my residence?

Each applicant must complete either

Note. Are you applying too early? If you apply before you meet the residence requirement you will not qualify for citizenship. Your application will be returned to you and you will have to re-apply later.


What are the other requirements for citizenship?

You must:

  • have adequate knowledge of one of the official languages of Canada
  • be able to understand and speak basic English or French
     
    Note: You will need to submit language proof with your application.
     
  • have adequate knowledge of:
    • Canada’s history,
    • geography,
    • government, and
    • the rights and responsibilities of citizenship

Note: You will need to pass a written and/or oral knowledge test.

Note: Persons 55 years of age and over are exempted from having to meet the language and knowledge requirements.

You must not:

  • be subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act (see section 8 of the application form CIT 0002), and/or
  • be under a removal order (asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada).

Family applications

If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship, send all the applications together in the same envelope. The applications will be processed together. If one or more family members' applications are incomplete, ALL of the applications will be returned to you.

To apply for Canadian citizenship for your child

Complete the Application for Canadian Citizenship — Minors (CIT 0003) (PDF, 531 KB).



Important information

Possible loss of other citizenship

You could lose your present nationality or citizenship if you become a Canadian citizen. If you have any questions about this, you should contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country of your present nationality before you apply for Canadian citizenship.



Important information

Citizenship process for adopted persons

Canada’s citizenship law was amended to allow persons adopted by Canadian citizens to apply for citizenship directly, without first having to apply for permanent residence (citizenship adoption process). To access this process, the Canadian adoptive parent must be born in Canada or have naturalized before the adoption took place (became a citizen after arriving in Canada as a permanent resident).

However, if you were adopted by a Canadian citizen who was born outside Canada to a Canadian parent, then you cannot apply through the citizenship adoption process. You also cannot apply through the citizenship adoption process if your parent is a Canadian citizen because he or she became a citizen through the citizenship adoption process.

If you are a permanent resident and you were adopted outside Canada by a Canadian citizen who was born in Canada or naturalized before the adoption took place, you can apply for citizenship through a regular grant (this application) or you can apply for citizenship through the citizenship adoption process.

The table below demonstrates the requirements which must be met for both types of applications, as well as the effect each option has on future children.

Requirements Citizenship adoption process – Adult Grant of citizenship (Naturalization) – Adult
Be a permanent resident No Yes
Take the oath of citizenship No Yes
Background verifications (security, criminality and immigration) No Yes
Residence (1095 days in the past 4 years) No Yes
Knowledge and language (test) No Yes

This table compares the differences between the two processes regarding future generations of Canadian citizens, depending on the two streams of applications.

Future generations Citizenship adoption process – Adult Grant of citizenship (Naturalization) – Adult
Ability to pass on citizenship to future children born outside Canada No Yes
Ability to have foreign-born adopted children to become Canadian citizens through the citizenship adoption process No Yes

Step 1. Gather documents

What documents are required?

This section outlines the documents that you need to include with your application. You must also use the Document Checklist included at the end of the form (CIT 0002) to assist you gathering the necessary documentation.

Note. If any of the required documents are missing, or photocopies are not clear, your application may be returned to you.

Note: Additional documents may be required during the processing of your application.

1. Immigration documents

  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000), or
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) and
  • Permanent resident card (PRC) if you have one

Immigration documents that prove your status as a permanent resident (landed immigrant) of Canada.

Permanent resident card: you must provide a photocopy of both sides, if you have one.

Note: You must provide all of these documents in your possession. If any of these documents are no longer in your possession, please explain why.

Format: Clear and legible photocopy

2. Language proof if you are 18-54 years of age

Select one of the following types of proof to submit with your application:

  1. Results of an accepted third-party test at the equivalent of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB/NCLC) / Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiensFootnote 1 level 4 or higher in speaking and listening either done previously for immigration purposes (acceptable even if expired) or done specifically for citizenship purposes. Test results from the following list are acceptable:
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General Test (CELPIP-G), not the academic version or the CELPIP-General LS two-skill (listening and speaking) version of the CELPIP general test.
    • For tests taken after April 1, 2014, you must have achieved a score of level 4 or higher (up to 12) in listening and speaking
    • For tests taken before April 1, 2014, you must have achieved a score of 2H or higher (i.e., 3L, 3H, 4L, 4H, 5L, or 5H) in listening and speaking.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), general training, not the academic version You must have achieved a score of:
      • 4.0 or higher in speaking, and
      • 4.5 or higher in listening.  (Please note: If the test was done before November 28, 2008, we will accept a level 4 or higher); or
    • Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF), Test d’Évaluation du Français adapté au Québec (TEFAQ) or TEF pour la naturalisation.
      • After July 1st, 2012, you must have achieved a score of :
        • Niveau B1, B2, C1 or C2 in Compréhension de l’oral and Expression orale
      • Before July 1st, 2012, you must have achieved a score of:
        • Niveau 3 or higher in Compréhension de l’oral and Expression orale. (Please note: if the Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF) was taken before July 1st, 2012, a level 3 is required for expression orale only. This applies only to the TEF and not the TEFAQ or TEF pour la naturalisation).
    • The following list of proof will be accepted only if used for Quebec immigration purposes in the past (please note that the following tests align with the (Échelle Québécoise and not officially with CLB/NCLC 4):
      • DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) – Level C1 or C2; or
      • DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) – Level B1 or B2; or
      • TCF (Test de connaissance du français) – Niveau B1 or B2; or
      • TCFQ (Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec) –Niveau B1, B2, C1 or C2
  2. Proof of completion of a secondary or post-secondary program conducted in French or English, either in Canada or abroad, includes:
    • A diploma or transcripts from a secondary or post-secondary school indicating the successful completion of a program, in French or English, either in Canada or abroad. or
    • A diploma or certificate from a secondary or post-secondary school indicating successful graduation from a program conducted in French or English, either in Canada or abroad.

    Note: You must have successfully finished a secondary or post-secondary program in English or French. A single course done in English or French does not meet the requirement. If the original document is in a language other than English or French then you must also include a letter from the academic institution indicating that the language of instruction was in English or French along with an official translation of the original document.

  3. Proof of achieving Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (CLB/NCLC) level 4 or higher in speaking and listening skills through certain government-funded language training programs includes:

    Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada or Cours de Langue pour Immigrants au Canada (LINC or CLIC):

    • When applying, be sure to check the box if you successfully completed the LINC or CLIC course at CLB 4/NCLC 4 or higher from January 1st 2008 to October 31st, 2012 and provide a copy of the certificate if available. If you do not have a copy of your certificate, please check the box and your participation will be validated in our system.

    If you successfully completed the LINC or CLIC course since November 1st, 2012, a certificate will have been provided to you at the time of your successful completion of the course. A copy of this certificate is required as acceptable proof that you meet the language requirements for citizenship purposes.

    • For Manitoba: Manitoba Canadian Language Benchmark Report or Adult English as an Additional Language (EAL) Student Progress Report from Manitoba Government issued since January 2009. Ensure your report indicates speaking and listening skills are at least at “completing CLB/NCLC level 4C” or higher (5B, 5C, 6B, 6C, etc.).
    • For Quebec: Bulletins by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec (MIDI) or the Ministère de l’Immigration et Communautés Culturelles (former department name) if:

      The version was issued between June 1st 2011 and October 16, 2012. Ensure that your most recent assessment in “interaction orale” is level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise); or

      The version was issued since October 16, 2012. Ensure that your most recent assessment is a level 4 or higher in “interaction oraleorcompréhension orale” (listening) and “production orale” (speaking).

      • NOTE: Bulletins with results from online FEL (Francisation en ligne) classes are not acceptable for citizenship purposes, e.g. these usually have a course code B or FEL. Note that bulletins issued by the MIDI or the MICC align with the Échelle Québécoise and not officially with CLB/NCLC 4.
    • For British Columbia (BC):
      • If you received British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training in 2008 or 2009, an ELSA certificate confirming language level CLB 4 or higher in listening and speaking. (Please note that certificates were not automatically issued at that time and you may have to contact the ELSA program directly to obtain a copy. CIC will not make the request for you).
      • If you received British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training in 2010 or after, an ELSA report card or an ELSA certificate issued on or before August 31, 2014, confirming language level CLB 4 or higher in listening and speaking will be accepted. (Please note that certificates issued on or after November 1st, 2012 automatically demonstrate a CLB 4 level or higher, even if not specifically stated on the certificate).

      NOTE: If you attended an English as a second language course that is not sanctioned by the ELSA program, do not submit it. We will only accept courses sanctioned by the ELSA.

    • For Ontario:  Ontario Provincial Language Training Certificate issued by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) funded language training providers since December 2013 or later. Ensure your Ontario MCI Adult Non-Credit language training program certificate indicates achievement of level CLB/NCLC 4 or higher, in speaking and listening.  These certificates must be for:
      • English as a Second Language (ESL)/Anglais Langue Seconde (ALS)
      • French as a Second Language (FSL)/Français Langue Seconde (FLS)
      • Citizenship and Language Training (CL)/Instruction civique et enseignement de la langue (ICEL)

    Note: If you do not have acceptable language proof to submit with your application or do not have the required language level, you may choose to enroll in a government-funded language program that would help you increase your language proficiency, and succeed in obtaining certification at a level of CLB/NCLC 4. Please note that although certificates from these government funded language training programs can be used as acceptable language proof, they cannot be used as proof of education for your citizenship application (see Section 4 Education Records)

    If you are deaf, and can provide one of the upfront proofs of language ability for citizenship (described in 1 to 3 above), please do so. If you are not able to provide such evidence, you must provide other supporting documents to assist decision makers in understanding the basis of your claim. The accepted supporting evidence is an audiogram issued by a Canadian audiologist, with a letter issued by the same audiologist attesting that you are deaf and have severe to profound hearing loss, with little or no residual hearing, including an explanation as to whether and to what extent this impacts your ability to listen and/or speak. Please note that we will not process your application and will return the entire application to you if your audiogram and the letter issued by the same audiologist are not included.

    If you have a disorder, disability or condition that is cognitive, psychiatric or psychological in nature which prevents you from submitting upfront proof of language ability for citizenship, you must provide supporting documentary evidence to assist decision makers in understanding the basis of your claim. Please note that we will not process your application and will return the entire application to you if such supporting documentary evidence is not included.

    CLB/NCLC 4 is considered “Basic Proficiency” and means that an individual being tested who “meets” CLB 4:

    • take part in short, everyday conversations about common topics
    • understand simple instructions, questions and directions
    • use basic grammar, including simple structures and tenses and
    • show that you know enough common words and phrases to answer questions and express yourself

    Format: Clear and legible photocopy. Must be in English or French. No translations accepted except for foreign diplomas, certificates or transcripts (see note above in section 2).

    3. Biographical page of passport(s)/travel document(s)

    The biographical page means the page that has your name, photo, passport/travel document no., issue date and expiration date.

    Provide photocopies of the biographical pages of all passports and/or travel documents (valid and cancelled) for the relevant four (4) year period immediately preceding the date of your application,

    Also, provide photocopies of any renewal pages of the passport(s)/travel document(s).

    Note: If any of these documents are no longer in your possession please explain why.

    Format: Clear and legible photocopy

    4. Education records

    Provide photocopies of all your official education records  if you attended an educational institution  in the four (4) years immediately before the date of your application. Official education records are:

    • report cards; or
    • transcripts; or
    • attendance records

    The education records must cover each calendar year, if applicable. It is sufficient to submit one official education document per calendar year of schooling during the relevant four (4) year period. Note: You are not required to submit proof of attendance at English/French as a second language training programs.

    In addition, provide photocopies of official education records for all children in Canada or abroad who were under the age of 18 in the last four (4) years immediately before the date of your application, even if you are not applying for Canadian citizenship on their behalf. You must also provide documents for any children who are already Canadian citizens, if applicable.  

    Note: Student identification cards and letters from institutions, teachers, principals are not accepted as official education records. For example, an official transcript from an educational institution would satisfy this requirement. A letter from an institution is only acceptable in the following two circumstances:

    1. Child has recently enrolled in school and a report card has not yet been issued
    2. Child is being homeschooled (see below)

    Format: Clear and legible photocopy

    Home schooling

    If any of your children under the age of 18 were home schooled, you must submit photocopies of written proof of registration as determined by the respective Ministry of Education  in the province or territory where you live.

    5. Two (2) pieces of personal identification

    Both pieces of identification should show your name and date of birth, one of which must have your photo on it.

    Examples include:

    • a Canadian driver’s licence
    • a Canadian health insurance card
    • a copy of the biographical page of your passport/travel document, etc.

    If there is information on both sides of your personal identification documents, provide a photocopy of both sides.

    Note: Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards, bank cards and credit cards are not acceptable pieces of identification.

    Format: Clear and legible photocopy

    6. Payment receipt

    For more information. Step 3. Pay the Fees

    Receipt showing total payment of application fees for individual or family members applying together

    • by Internet (receipt printed from Internet),
      or
    • at a financial institution (Original form IMM 5401)

    7. Additional documents (as required)

    Possible documents are:

    • translations of documents that are not in English or French
    • supporting documents to prove a name change
    • supporting documents to prove a date of birth correction

    Format: Clear and legible photocopy

    8. Print out of the On-line Residence Calculator; or
    How to calculate Residence (CIT 0407) form

    Calculation of your residence fully completed, dated and signed.

    Format: Original


    Name change

    The name on the citizenship certificate will be the same as the one shown on your immigration document unless you provide one of the following documents as proof of a change of name (in addition to or in combination with supporting identity documents as requested in section 3 above).

    • a copy of a legal change of name document, court order or adoption order issued by a civil authority in a province or territory of Canada; or a marriage certificate, divorce decree, registration or declaration of union, or revocation of declaration or annulment of union issued by a civil authority in a province or territory of Canada, showing your new name, unless you have been married in and are currently a resident of Quebec;
    • if you are a permanent resident who has had a change of name outside of Canada, please provide a foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation that has been amended to reflect the new names. An official translation in English or French must be included.

    Important information. Once processing of your application has begun a name change can only be made due to an administrative error made by the Department, a truncated (shortened) name on the immigration document or a legal change of name.


    Date of birth correction

    The date of birth on your citizenship certificate will be the same as the one shown on your immigration document unless you:

    • have corrected your date of birth on your immigration document or
    • have legally changed it after arriving in Canada or
    • are requesting a different date of birth for your citizenship certificate and you can provide supporting documents.
    • If your date of birth has been corrected on your immigration document
      then you must provide a copy of
      • an approved Request to Amend Immigration Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688), and
      • your new corrected Permanent Resident Card (if you have one).
    • If you have legally changed your date of birth by a provincial/territorial court order
      then you must provide a copy of
    • If you did not change your date of birth by a provincial/territorial court order
      and
      your date of birth has not been corrected on your immigration document

      then you must provide a copy of

    Important information. You cannot request a change in your date of birth after your application has been submitted. If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the date of birth requested, the citizenship certificate will reflect the date of birth indicated on your immigration document.

    If you do not have a provincial/territorial court order changing your date of birth, you must first request an amendment to your immigration document before requesting a different date of birth on your citizenship certificate.

    For more information. For information on amending your immigration document refer to the guide Request to Amend Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Valid Temporary Resident Documents (IMM 5218).


    Quebec government documents

    The following documents issued by the government of Quebec before January 1, 1994 are not accepted

    • baptismal certificates
    • birth certificates, and
    • marriage certificates.

    For more information. If you are currently in possession of one of these certificates you must obtain a new document by contacting the office of the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec by visiting their website.


    Translated documents

    Any document that is not in English or French must be accompanied by:

    • the English or French translation; and
    • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation.

    Note: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document. Translators who are certified members in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators and interpreters of Canada do not need to supply an affidavit.

    Important information. Translations by family members are not acceptable.

    Family member is defined as being a: parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew and first cousin.

    Original documents may be requested later in the process by an officer. To avoid delays in the processing of your application, please ensure that you have all the original documents available should an officer request to see them.

    Your application will be returned to you if you do not include the translation of your documents and an affidavit from the translator.



    Note

    Photographs

    You must:

    • provide two (2) identical citizenship photographs (except Renunciation applications, only one (1) photo is required);
    • print the Citizenship Photo Specifications page and take it to the photographer to make sure you get the correct size photo;
    • follow the steps explained on the form; and
    • do not staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.

    Your application will be returned to you if you do not include the two (2) photos that meet the citizenship photo specifications.


    Step 2. Complete the application

    Filling out the application

    Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application form.

    The following is the form that must be filled out and submitted:

    Note. It is a serious offence to give false or misleading information on these forms. The information you provide on your application may be subject to verification.



    Note

    Be complete and accurate

    Complete all sections.  If any section is not applicable to you, write “N/A” (“Not applicable”).  If your application is incomplete it will be returned to you.

    Note:  If you need more space for any section, use an extra sheet of paper and indicate the number and/or letter of the section you are completing and submit it along with your application.


    Section 1

    Question 1A
    What is your preferred language for correspondence and interview? English or French?
    Question 1B

    Check the box to indicate if you have any special needs that require accommodation. If yes, please explain.
    Special needs are described as:

    • wheelchair access
    • sign language interpretation (for example, deaf/mute individuals may have a sign language interpreter to assist with the assessment of “listening and speaking” ability)
    • personal assistance (for example, you will be accompanied by a care attendant, an interpreter, a seeing eye dog, a sighted guide, etc.)
    • visually impaired (for example, the study guide is available in large print, audio version or Braille)

    Note: It is important to provide the information if you need assistance in order for CIC to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate you.


    Section 2

    Question 2
    Have you applied for Canadian citizenship before? If yes, write the year when you last applied.

    Section 3

    Question 3A

    Write your last name (surname/family name) and given name(s) exactly as they appear on your immigration document. If your name was shortened (truncated), write the name that appears in the “Remarks” section of your immigration document. The name in the “Remarks” section will have precedence over the name in the surname/family name section. Immigration documents include your:

    • Record of landing (IMM 1000)
    • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
    • Permanent resident card (PR card)
    Question 3B

    Write the last name (surname/family name) and given name(s) that you request to appear on your citizenship certificate and indicate the reason for the request.

    If your name was shortened (truncated) on your immigration document and does not appear in the “Remarks” section of your immigration document you must provide one of the following supporting documents showing your full name:

    • Passport of entry displaying your full name (the passport you used to immigrate to Canada); or
    • Canadian visa counterfoil, or
    • Birth certificate issued prior to your date of entry to Canada (date you immigrated to Canada).

    Have you legally changed your name or are you requesting a different name on your citizenship certificate than the name on your immigration document due to a minor or significant change in spelling?

    If yes:

    • see Name change section in this guide in “Step 1. Gather Documents”

    Note: A request for a different name is subject to approval by CIC.

    Question 3C

    Write if you:

    • have used another name in the past (such as your birth name, maiden name, married name), or
    • are known by a name other than the one you listed above (such as a nickname or community name).

    Section 4

    Question 4A

    Write your:

    • date of birth exactly as it appears on your immigration document, and
    • place of birth, including the city or town and country.

    Are you requesting a different date of birth on your citizenship certificate?

    If yes, see Date of birth correction section in this guide in Gather Documents.

    Note: A request for a different date of birth is subject to approval by CIC.

    Question 4B

    Check the box or indicate your:

    • sex (whether you are male or female)
    • height (how tall you are), either in centimetres or feet/inches
    • eye colour, and
    • legal marital status.

    Important information. This information must be completed for our records. Sex, eye colour and height will be shown on your citizenship certificate.


    Section 5

    Question 5A

    Write your current home address, complete with:

    • street address
    • city or town
    • province or territory
    • postal code
    Question 5B
    Complete if your mailing address is different from your home address.
    Question 5C
    List the telephone number(s) where you can be reached.
    Question 5D
    Write how long you have lived at your current home address.
    Question 5E
    Indicate your e-mail address using this format (if applicable): name@provider.net CIC may contact via e-mail if necessary

    Section 6

    Question 6A

    Write the date when you became a permanent resident (landed immigrant).

    To find this date, refer to your:

    • Record of Landing – IMM 1000 (box 45)
    • Confirmation of Permanent Residence – IMM 5292 (box 45)
    • Confirmation of Permanent Residence – IMM 5688 (Personal information)
    • Permanent resident card (back)
    Question 6B
    Write the date when you first came to Canada to live.
    Question 6C

    Check or write if you are a citizen of any other country.

    If yes, list the country (countries).

    Question 6D

    Write if you obtained permanent residence in another country since becoming a permanent resident of Canada.

    If yes, list the country (countries) and the date you obtained this status for each country.

    Question 6E

    Write all your Canadian addresses for the last four (4) years, including the postal codes.

    If you were residing, employed or attending school outside Canada, you must also list all your foreign addresses, including the postal codes.

    Question 6F

    Check the box in A and B to indicate if you have worked and/or studied in the past four (4) years.

    You must list all your work and education history including English/French language training for the past four (4) years and must account for each month.

    If you were not employed (i.e. you were unemployed, retired, homemaker, volunteering, etc. you must indicate this under “Work/Education”, andindicate the time period.  Do not exclude any period of time during the past four (4) years. Do not leave this section blank.  If you do, your application will be returned to you.

    Question 6G

    List the education history for your children, including those who are already Canadian citizens, who are or were under the age of 18 in the past four (4) years, if applicable. If any children did not attend school because they were not of school age, complete the information and check the box.

    Question 6H

    Check the box indicating the method you used to calculate residence and attach the appropriate form. You can use the pages from the Online Residence Calculator or the How to Calculate Residence form available at the end of this application kit.


    Section 7

    Question 7A
    Check which type of language proof you are submitting. See Language Proof section in this guide in “Step. 1 Gather Documents”
    Question 7B
    Check the box to indicate if you are deaf and whether this affects your ability to submit proof of language ability. If you are not able to provide proof of language ability, you may apply for a waiver from this requirement and in order to do so, you must provide documents in order to support your request.  See Language Proof section in this guide in “Step. 1 Gather Documents”.
    Question 7C
    Check the box to indicate if you have a disorder, disability or condition that is cognitive, psychiatric or psychological in nature which affects your ability to submit proof of language ability. You must submit supporting documentary evidence to assist decision makers in understanding the basis of your claim.

    Section 8

    Question 8A-F

    Answer all of the questions by checking yes or no. For any yes responses provide details and if applicable, attach court documents.

    Note: CIC checks with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) to find out if there are any criminal or security reasons which could prevent you from acquiring Canadian citizenship.

    You may be required to provide fingerprints and/or court documents to ensure that you are not prohibited under the Citizenship Act. Also, your entry to Canada and your status will be verified with Canadian officials.

    If conditions were imposed at the time you were granted permanent resident status that you have not complied with, you should contact your local CIC office to clarify this situation before applying for citizenship.


    Section 9

    Question 9A

    Check whether you authorize CIC to provide your name, address, gender and preferred official language to your federal Member of Parliament so that he or she can send you a letter of congratulations once your Canadian citizenship is granted.

    Question 9B

    Check either the Yes box or the No box to indicate whether or not you authorize Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to give your name, address, gender and date of birth to Elections Canada to be added to the National Register of Electors (the Register). When you become a Canadian citizen and are 18 years of age or older, you have the right to vote in federal elections and referendums. Elections Canada maintains the Register and uses it during a federal election or referendum to produce voters lists and to communicate with eligible voters.

    If you check the Yes box, CIC will give your name, address, gender and date of birth to Elections Canada to be added to the Register, but only after your Canadian citizenship has been granted. If you check the No box, CIC will not give your information to Elections Canada.

    You will still have the right to vote in federal elections and referendums, but you will have to take the necessary steps to be added to the list.

    More information about the Register and its uses is available at www.elections.ca. You can also call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

    Question 9C

    Check whether you reside (live) in Quebec.

    If yes, indicate whether you authorize CIC to provide your name, address, gender and date of birth to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec so that your name can be added to the Permanent List of Electors (voters).

    If you do not provide the authorization, you will have to go to the revision office and present two supporting documents to register your name on the list of electors to be able to vote in a provincial, municipal or school election.

    Question 9D

    Check Yes box to authorize the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to provide your “history of entries to Canada” to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). By selecting Yes you are also authorizing CIC to collect the history of your “entries into Canada” from the CBSA and to use the information provided by the CBSA in order to determine your citizenship eligibility.

    If you choose No, you may be asked to provide additional documents later in the process which could delay the processing of your application. Please do not contact the CBSA to request your “history of entries”.

    Question 9E

    This section is to be completed ONLY if you successfully completed LINC/CLIC language training program at CLB/NCLC 4 from January 2008-October 2012 and you have no certificate available.

    Check Yes box to authorize Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to access your LINC/CLIC results held by CIC in order to determine your citizenship eligibility.

    If you choose No, you will be required to submit an alternate acceptable proof of language ability with your application.

    Section 10


    Question 10

    Sign and date the application form with the signature you currently use on other official documents.

    Note. Your application will be returned to you if:

    • the form is not signed and dated,
    • stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before CIC receives it),
    • post-dated (dated into the future).

    Note: You must be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship the day before you sign the application form.


    Section 11

    Question 11

    Indicate whether you had assistance in completing this form, either from:

    • an individual (including a family member, a friend, a volunteer, a consultant, a lawyer, etc.)
    • a firm (company), or
    • an organization.

    If yes, the person who completed the form for you must:

    • print their name and address,
    • sign their name, and
    • write the date the form was signed.

    Step 3. Pay the fees

    Calculating your fees

    If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship pay the fees all together.

    Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. Fees must be included with this application.

    Type of application Number of persons Amount per person Amount due
    Adult (18 years of age and over)   x $400  
    Child (under 18 years of age)   x $100  
    Total Payment:  

    Explanation of fees and refund

    The following table describes the fees that are required and if they are refundable. All payment must be made in Canadian funds.

    Processing fee

    Amount: $300 for each adult and $100 for each child

    Non-refundable once processing has begun, regardless of the final decision.

    Right of Citizenship Fee

    Amount: $100 for each adult applicant

    Refundable if your application is refused.

    Note: We will issue the refund to the person indicated on the Payer Information section of the receipt. If there is no name indicated on the receipt, we will send the refund to the applicant.


    Incorrect fee payment

    Payment issue - No fee included

    CIC will return your application.

    Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested fees.

    Payment issue - Insufficient fees included

    CIC will return your application.

    Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with the requested fees.

    Payment issue - Overpayment

    CIC will:

    • start processing your application, and
    • send you a refund as soon as possible.

    Note: You do not have to request a refund, it will be done automatically.

    Payment issue – Expired payment

    For expired certified cheques, bank drafts and money orders only. CIC will return your application.

    Note: Processing of your application will only start after you return your application with requested fees.


    Payment method options

    Payment of fees online is the preferred method of payment.

    On line fee payment

    Resources required

    You can pay your fees on line if you have:

    • a credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express);
    • access to a computer with an Internet connection;
    • a valid e-mail address, and
    • access to a printer (you will need to print the receipt).

    Instructions

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay using the Internet.

    • Go to Pay my fees online at the CIC website.
    • Follow the on-line instructions.
      • At the end, click on the button to print the CIC official receipt with barcode.

    Note

    Note. Do not exit without printing the receipt!

    • Fill in the Payer Information Section by hand.
    • Attach the bottom portion (copy 2) of this receipt to your completed application.

    Proof of payment

    The receipt printed off of the Internet in step 2 of the instructions above will serve as your proof of payment.

    Obtaining an original receipt form–Inside Canada

    You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through our website.


    Fee payment at financial institutions

    If you do not wish to pay using the Internet, payment must be made at a financial institution in Canada. The financial institution will let you know what method of payment it accepts. There is no banking charge to pay at a financial institution.


    Note

    The only acceptable forms of payment are on-line or through a financial institution in Canada. If you send any other form of payment your application will be returned.

    Availability

    For clients located inside Canada only.

    Resources required

    A payment receipt form (IMM 5401) can be ordered through our website.

    Instructions

    Follow these step-by-step instructions to pay at a financial institution in Canada.

    1. Calculate the total fee amount to be paid using the chart Calculating your fees at the beginning of this section.

    2. Fill out one (1) payment receipt form (IMM 5401).

      Important information. An original payment receipt form (pink and white) must be used. A photocopy is not acceptable.

      For more information. See: “Obtaining an original receipt form – Inside Canada” in this section.

    3. Insert the total amount paid on line 09 Citizenship or Immigration Services Fees.

      Important information. Do not complete the top two portions of the receipt. These will be completed by the financial institution.

    4. Fill in the Payer Information section on the back of the payment receipt form.

      Do you already have an open file and know the client identification number (client ID) that we have assigned to you?

      • If yes, enter the number in the box provided for that purpose.
      • If no, leave that box empty.
    5. Bring the receipt form and your payment to the teller (cashier) at the financial institution. Do not present your application, only your receipt form.

      The teller (cashier) will:

      • stamp and enter the amount paid in the upper two portions of the receipt form, and
      • give you the top two portions of the form.

      Important information. Do not make payment using the automated teller machines or on a financial institution website.

    6. The following list indicates what you should be doing with the different parts of the IMM 5401 receipt.

      • Copy 1 (top): Keep for your records.
      • Copy 2 (middle): Attach to your completed application.
      • Copy 3 (bottom): The financial institution will keep the bottom part.

    Proof of payment

    Completed payment receipt form (Original form IMM 5401)

    Obtaining an original receipt form–Inside Canada

    You may obtain an original receipt form (IMM 5401) by ordering through our website.


    Step 4. Mail the application

    Where to mail the application

    Mail your completed application in a stamped envelope addressed as shown below:

    Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
    Sender (top left of the envelope)
    (Your name)
    (Your Address)
    (Your Postal Code)
    Recipient (centre of the envelope)
    Case Processing Centre – Sydney
    Grant Adults
    P.O. Box 7000
    SYDNEY, NS
    B1P 6V6

    Courier address:
    Case Processing Centre, Sydney
    Grant Adults
    49 Dorchester Street
    Sydney, Nova Scotia
    B1P 5Z2


    If you are sending more than one application

    If you are sending more than one application (for example, applications for family members), you may send one receipt to cover all applications. Mail the receipt (if applicable) and all applications together in one envelope so that they will be processed together.

    Note: If you are sending more than one application (for example, family members), and one of the applications is incomplete, all the applications will be returned to you.



    Note

    Reminders…

    Make sure to use the Document Checklist and include it with your application

    Here are some reminders to avoid your application being returned to you :

    • You must be eligible for citizenship the day before you sign the application.
    • You have answered all questions on the form or wrote “N/A” (Not applicable) for any question or section that is not applicable to you.
    • You have signed and dated the form. Make sure before you send it that it is not stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before CIC receives it) or post-dated (dated into the future).
    • You have included photocopies of your immigrant documents: Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688) and both sides of the Permanent Resident Card if you have one.
    • You have included photocopies of additional documents (if applicable) such as: Language proof; Education Records; Biographical and renewal pages of passports and/or travel documents.
    • You have included photocopies of both sides of two (2) pieces of personal identification, one of which must have your photo on it.
    • You have included two (2) photos according to the citizenship photographs specification.
    • You have included proof of payment and exact fees.
    • You have included original translation and an affidavit by the translator for any documents that are not in English or French.

    What happens next?

    The citizenship process

    The list below presents the phases of the citizenship process of a routine application. In some cases, processing may take longer.

    Phase – Application Review & File Creation

    The Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney makes sure your application

    • meets the minimum processing requirements;
    • includes all the required documents;
    • that the appropriate fee payment has been made.

    If your application is complete, processing starts.

    What you receive:

    If your application does not meet the initial processing requirements, does not include the appropriate fee payment, or is not complete, it will be returned to you.

    Phase – Decision

    • The CPC sends your application to the CIC office nearest to your home for further processing.
    • The CIC office completes the steps necessary for a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge to make a decision on your application.
    • You will be asked to come to the CIC office for a review of the original documents you submitted in support of your application, as well as all passports and travel documents relevant to the four year period preceding your application. If applicable, you will be evaluated on your knowledge of English or French and on your knowledge of Canada’s history, geography, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

    What you receive:

    • Notification to appear to take a citizenship test and/or
    • Notification to appear for an interview with a citizenship official and/or
    • Notification to appear for a hearing with a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge

    Phase – Ceremony

    If you meet all the requirements for citizenship, the CIC office notifies you by mail of the time and place of your citizenship ceremony.

    What you receive:

    • Notification to appear to take the oath of citizenship
    • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship received at the ceremony after taking the oath of citizenship


    For more information

    Current processing times

    Processing time can change. You can obtain current processing times on our website.



    Important information

    Updating your contact information

    During the application process, you must advise us of any change of address or telephone number by:


    Checking application status on line

    You can check the status of your application on-line by doing the following:

    1. Go to Check application status on the CIC website.
    2. Follow the instructions provided.

    Note:  Your application status will only appear on-line once the application is received and the initial review by CIC is completed.

    To obtain details on how to remove your application status information from the Internet, visit the Help Centre section.


    Protecting your information

    Your personal information is:

    • only available to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you, and
    • not disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act.

    For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre on our website.


    What you should be doing now

    During the processing period, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54, you should

    • prepare for the citizenship test and/or interview on Canada’s history, geography, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship based on the study guide and
    • continue to maintain and improve your English or French if necessary.

    Quality Assurance Program

    Our quality assurance program randomly selects applications for a special review. If selected you will be asked to attend an interview with a Citizenship and Immigration official so that we can:

    • verify the documentation you submitted is accurate,
    • verify that your application has been completed properly.

    Note: You will be notified in writing should your application be selected.


    How to contact CIC

    Within Canada

    CIC Call Centre:
    1-888-242-2100 (toll-free)

    Hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time

    If you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, or you have a speech impediment and use a text telephone, you can access the TTY service from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. your local time by calling: 1-888-576-8502 (in Canada only).

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