To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must meet the conditions in all these areas:

  • You must have permanent resident (PR) statusin Canada
  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • To apply for citizenship for a child under 18, you must be the child’s parent, adoptive parent or legal guardian
  • You must have been physically present in Canada as a permanent resident for at least 1,460 days during the six years immediately before the date of your application. You must also be physically present for at least 183 days during each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before the date of application.
  • you must show that you have adequate knowledge of one of these languages. If you are 14 to 64 years of age,you must send documents of proof.
  • You must have met your personal income tax filing obligations
  • You must declare your intent to reside during the citizenship application process.
  • you must understand the rights, responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, such as voting in elections and obeying the law

If you have committed a crime in or outside Canada you may not be eligible to become a Canadian citizen for a period of time.