Canadian Citizenship Application Process
- An application must be completed and sent to the appropriate IRCC office for review. When the application has been verified, the applicant will be sent a notice requesting that a citizenship test be taken.
- 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.
- Minors (under 18 years of age) are not required to sit the test.
- Applicants between the age of 18 and 54 are also required to pass a language test. In order to prove language proficiency, applicants must submit one of the following documents:
Results from an approved third party test; or
Transcripts or a diploma from a secondary or post-secondary education in English or French; or
Evidence of achieving Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 4 or higher in certain government language programs.
Canadian Citizenship Ineligibility
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