Every year Canada welcomes almost 200,000 new citizens. As a citizen, you will enjoy the benefits of living in a country ranked among the top 10 in the UN Quality of Life Index since 2004. Palms Immigration is here to assist you through the entire process so you can become part of the Canadian family!
Canada offers citizenship through:
- Birth in Canada
Our Citizenship services cover:
- Citizenship Application Services
- Apply for A Canadian Passport
- Apply for Proof of Canadian Citizenship
- Appeal Citizenship Application Refusal
Canadian Citizenship Requirements
If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada and you meet the following criteria, then you may be eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship:
- Must be a permanent resident, 18 years old or older
- Have lived in Canada for at least 3 out of the last five years (1095 days) immediately before you apply.
- Must have filed a Canadian Income Tax Return for at least 3 of the past 5 years.
- Prove your language skills in English or French (those under 18yrs and above 54yrs are exempt)
- Pass a citizenship test – be able to demonstrate, in English or French, knowledge about Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship (those under 18yrs and above 54yrs are exempt)
- Other conditions may apply
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 or guardian who is either a Canadian citizen, or who is applying for citizenship at the same time. Minors do not need to take the citizenship test.
You may not be eligible for Canadian citizenship if you:
- Are under a removal order
- Have a criminal record or are facing charges in Canada
- Been refused Canadian citizenship because of misrepresentation
- Had your Canadian citizenship revoked
Benefits of Canadian Citizenship
Canadian Citizenship means that you can live anywhere in Canada, you can work in any job, and you can sponsor your family to live with you if they are located elsewhere. You are also able to vote in Canadian elections and even run for political office. You are eligible for a Canadian passport and you can keep your Canadian Citizenship even if you do not continue to live in Canada.
Canadian Citizenship Application Process
If you meet the eligibility criteria, your application will follow a 4-step process:
- Submit Your Application – include supporting documents and Citizenship fees
- Write the Citizenship Exam
- Attend an Interview
- Attend the Oath Ceremony
Apply for A Canadian Passport
Upon receiving your Canadian Citizenship Certificate, you will want to apply for a Canadian passport. You will need to wait at least 2 business days after your Canadian Citizenship oath ceremony before you can apply for a passport.
In some cases, you may already be a Canadian Citizen and just need to apply for a Citizenship Certificate to enable you obtain a Canadian passport. If one of your parents or grandparents was Canadian, and you were born before 2009, there is a good chance that you became a Canadian citizen when you were born.
For those born outside of Canada to a Canadian Citizen in 2009 or later, the situation is less clear and will depend on where your parents were born. If you find yourself are in this situation, we recommend that you set up an appointment with us to review your specific case in line with the rules governing Canadian citizenship and determine what your best option might be.