Every year about 170,000 people become citizens of Canada.

Often people ask about how to obtain Canadian citizenship. Citizenship is a status that you can get after becoming a permanent resident and then living in Canada for a full three years. The question is how to become a permanent resident of Canada first, before one can obtain Canadian citizenship.

Becoming a Canadian Citizen

To become a Canadian citizen, you must have permanent resident status and have lived in Canada for a full 1095 days in the five years before applying for citizenship. After becoming a permanent resident you must keep very accurate records of when you have left and returned to Canada.

Citizenship Knowledge Test

Ultimately, you will have to take a citizenship knowledge test and your interview with the IRCC staff will be used to assess if you have an adequate ability to communicate in English or French. However, you cannot become a citizen if you have been convicted of an indictable criminal offence in the four years prior to filing the application or if you are under an order to leave Canada.

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David attended universities in BC and Ontario with degrees in Biochemistry, Philosophy and Law. He graduated from the Western law school in 1974 and has practised law for over forty years. His sole focus of practice is Canadian immigration law and he advises clients worldwide... Read More

Free Citizenship Assessment

Citizenship rules are complex and we urge you to complete the questionnaire for a free assessment as to whether you would qualify for Canadian citizenship due to birth or lineage.