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Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Applying for Canadian citizenship involves a formal application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), a citizenship test, and sometimes a citizenship interview.

The Canadian Citizenship Application Process

  • An application must be completed and sent to the appropriate CIC office for review. When the application has been verified, the applicant will be sent a notice in the mail requesting that a citizenship test be taken.

  • Applicants between 14 and 64 years of age are required to write a citizenship test, which tests the applicant’s knowledge of Canadian history, geography, political process and the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides all citizenship applicants with a study guide entitled A Look at Canada.

  • The test generally takes 30 minutes to complete.

  • On the day of the test, applicants are required to bring all original documents, including immigration documents, passport, photo identification and any other documents relevant to the applicant's permanent residence in Canada.

  • In compliance with regulations, some applicants are also asked to appear before a citizenship judge for an interview. Interviews are generally 15 to 30 minutes in length.

Minor Application (under 18 years of age): Minors under 18 years of age may apply for citizenship if they are a permanent resident and have a parent who is either a Canadian citizen, or who is applying for citizenship at the same time. The completed application and processing fee is all that is required. Minors do not need to take the citizenship test.

For assistance in preparing an application, please contact citizenship@canadavisa.com today.

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