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:
- permanent resident (PR)
- temporary resident (lawfully authorized to remain in Canada)
- protected person
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:
- are a permanent resident
- have been physically present in Canada long enough
- meet the other requirements
There are different rules to determine if children of Canadians born outside Canada have Canadian citizenship.
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Form and guide
- Application for Canadian citizenship – Adult
- Application for Canadian citizenship – Minor applying with parent or guardian
- Application for Canadian citizenship – Minor applying alone
- Application for Canadian citizenship – Adopted person
- Application for Canadian citizenship – Stateless person born to a Canadian parent
- Application for Canadian Citizenship – Canadian Armed Forces
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