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Unlocking the Path to Canadian Citizenship

Updated: Jun 2, 2023


At Ansari Immigration, our expert team in downtown Vancouver is dedicated to helping you achieve your dream of becoming a Canadian citizen. Being a permanent resident brings you one step closer to realizing your dream of Canadian citizenship. Let's explore the key requirements necessary to secure Canadian citizenship.

As a prospective Canadian citizen, you must:

  1. Fulfill Canada's physical presence requirements

  2. File your taxes (if necessary)

  3. Pass the Canadian citizenship test (for ages 18-54)

  4. Prove your language proficiency (for ages 18-54)

To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you need to have resided in Canada for at least 1,095 days (three years) during the five years before submitting your application. Your time spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person can count as half days, up to a maximum of 365 days.

At Ansari Immigration, we recommend applying with more than 1,095 days to account for any potential miscalculations.

You may be required to file taxes in Canada for at least three years within the five years leading up to your citizenship application, even if you only resided in Canada for a portion of the year.

Individuals aged 18 to 54 must take and pass a 30-minute citizenship test. This test consists of 20 questions covering the rights and responsibilities of Canadians, as well as Canada’s history, geography, laws, and government. You can take the test in English or French.

Proving Your Language Ability

Applicants aged 18 to 54 must show proficiency in English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) level 4 or above. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will evaluate your language abilities by:

  • The proof you submitted in your application

  • Your communication with a citizenship official during the application process

  • A language assessment during a hearing with a citizenship official, if necessary

IRCC accepts certificates, diplomas, and tests as proof of language skills.

Ineligibility for Canadian Citizenship

Certain legal and criminality issues can make you ineligible for Canadian citizenship, including:

  • Having your citizenship revoked within the past five years

  • Being convicted of a criminal offence in the past three years

  • Currently being in prison, on parole, or on probation

  • Being under a removal order from Canada

  • Being under investigation for, or convicted of, a war crime or a crime against humanity

IRCC's processing time for a Canadian citizenship application is approximately 24 months, which includes processing the complete application, the citizenship test, the interview, and the ceremony.

At Ansari Immigration, our experienced team is committed to guiding you through every step of the citizenship application process. We recognize the significance of achieving your dream of becoming a Canadian citizen, and our tailored approach is designed to maximize the success of your application. Contact us today to get started on your journey towards Canadian citizenship.

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