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Citizenship In Canda :

Citizenship
Citizenship

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For many immigrants who begin a new life in Canada, citizenship is the finish line at the end of a long journey.

Many Canadian permanent residents who have weathered the immigration process look forward to being granted citizenship, and are eager for the day they can be sworn in as an official Canadian citizen. Before that day comes, there are a few final steps that need to be addressed before Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approves their Canadian citizenship application.

Requirements for Canadian Citizenship :

As with all Canadian immigration programs, permanent residents must meet a specific set of requirements to be deemed eligible to apply for citizenship. Among other requirements, applicants will also need to provide proof that they have been living in Canada for three years (1,095 days) out of the five years that precede their signed application.

Applying for Citizenship :

Following amendments to the Citizen Act which came into effect in late 2017, Canadian permanent residents can now expect a faster, easier citizenship application process. Eligible applicants will be required to pass the Canadian citizenship test, and may be asked to undergo an interview before a citizenship judge, if requested by IRCC. Once approved, applicants will attend a Citizenship Ceremony to take the Oath of Citizenship, where they will officially become a Canadian citizen.

Dual Citizenship

As Canada recognizes dual citizenship, you will not be required to relinquish your natural citizenship once your application has been approved by IRCC.

 

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Rights and Responsibilities

Once a permanent resident has been granted Canadian citizenship, they are entitled to the same rights and responsibilities of a natural Canadian citizen. Though permanent residents share many of the same rights as that of a citizen, the most notable differences would be the right to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal Canadian elections, and the elimination of residency obligations.

Get an application package

The application package includes the instruction guide and all the forms you need to fill out. Use the instruction guide and the document checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Choose the application package for your situation:

Make sure you use a version of the application form dated October 2017 or later. You can find the version date on the bottom left corner of the form. For example, “CIT 0002 (01-2019)” means the version date is January 2019. The date you sign or mail your form does not change the version date.

If you submit your application on an outdated form (older than October 2017), we’ll return it to you and ask you to resubmit your application using the newest version of the form.

If you submitted your application on an acceptable form (October 2017 or later) but we returned it as incomplete, get the missing information or documents and resubmit it using the same form. You don’t need to use the newest version of the form to resubmit your application.

Pay the application fees

Your fees depend on whether you’re an adult (age 18 and over) or minor (under age 18). Your fees may include:

  • the processing fee
  • the right of citizenship fee

If you’re submitting more than one application at the same time, you can pay all the fees together.

You have to pay your fees online. Only pay your fees once you’re ready to submit your application. Make sure to include the fee receipt with your application.

Pay your fees online (opens in a new tab)

Submit your application

You must be eligible for Canadian citizenship the day before you sign the application form or earlier.

Make sure you

  • sign the application form
  • date the form the day you sign it (don’t use a date in the past or future)
  • have the same signature date on the application form and physical presence calculator printout

 

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Send your completed application form and all the documents on the checklist

  • by mail or courier
  • as soon as possible after you sign and date the application form
    • if it’s dated more than 90 days before we get it, we’ll send it back to you

Sending more than one application

If you apply for more than one person and want us to process your applications at the same time, put both applications in the same envelope. Otherwise, we process them separately.

Find out what happens if there’s a problem with one of the applications

Address for regular mail

Case Processing Centre—Sydney
Citizenship Grants
P.O. Box 7000
Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1P 6V6
Canada

Address for courier mail

Case Processing Centre—Sydney
Citizenship Grants
47–49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1P 5Z2

Apply for citizenship urgently

Processing times show how long it takes us to process applications for citizenship. We can process applications faster in special cases.

When and how to apply for citizenship urgently.

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Processing your application after you apply :

When we receive your application for citizenship, we review your application to make sure you

  • answered all the questions on the form
  • sent all the required documents
  • paid the fees

If your application is complete

We start processing it and send you an acknowledgement of receipt letter.

Your unique client identifier (UCI) is in the acknowledgement of receipt letter.

If your application is incomplete

We return it to you with a letter that explains why your application is incomplete and what the next steps are.

The letter will tell you

Check the Document Checklist included in the application package. Once you get the information we ask for in the letter, resubmit your complete application.

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