Canadian Citizenship Requirements

To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must meet ALL the following conditions:


  • Be at least 18 years-of-age
  • Have permanent resident status
  • Have lived in Canada for at least four years (1,460 days) in the past six years before you apply. This does not apply to children under the age of 18.
  • Have a physical presence in Canada
  • Have lived in Canada 183 days in each calendar year for four out of six years
  • Intention to reside provision after citizenship
  • Language abilities: 18 – 64 years of age must have written language ability tests
  • Not be criminally prohibited; four year ban for convictions in/outside Canada
  • Have submitted income tax returns for four of the last six years
  • Demonstrate how well you know Canada