On October 11, 2017, Bill C-6 became enforced. Some changes have been made to the Citizenship Act.
- You must be physically present in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years with no minimum number of days per year, before applying for citizenship.
- Days spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident (as a temporary resident or protected person) within 5 years of applying for citizenship, count as ½ days, up to a maximum of 1 year (365 days).
- If you are between 18 years old and 54 years old, you must:
- Meet language (English or French) requirements
- Take the Citizenship Test
- You have to file Canadian income taxes (if required to do so under the Income Tax Act) for 3 out of 5 years, matching the new physical presence requirement.
Note: Time spent serving a term of imprisonment, on parole, or on probation doesn’t count as time you have lived in Canada.
Different requirements for applicants under 18
|Minor (Under age 18) has a Canadian parent or a parent who is applying for citizenship at the same time
|Minor (Under age 18) does not have a Canadian parent or a parent who is applying for citizenship at the same time
|CIT0403 & CIT0177
|Are a Permanent Resident
|Meet Language Requirement
|Physically present in Canada 3 out of the last 5 Years
|Have filed income tax
|Yes（If required by CRA）
|Take the Oath
Submit your application
Mail your application to Case Processing Centre—Sydney Citizenship Grants.
The processing time is approximately about 1 year.
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