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 5 years right before the date you applied. This includes time as a
- permanent resident
- 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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