Application for Canadian citizenship under subsection 5(1) – Adults 18 years of age and older (CIT 0002)

Canada is a country that embodies multiculturalism and diversity and encourages newcomers to achieve their full potential by supporting their integration and active participation in social, cultural, economic and political affairs. We thank you for the commitment you are showing to Canada by applying to become a Canadian citizen!

This form and guide is for Permanent Residents, 18 years of age or older who wish to apply to become Canadian citizens.

This is not a legal document. The explanations and definitions are not legal definitions. In case of a discrepancy between the language in this document and the relevant legislation or regulations, the legal text in the legislation and regulations prevails.

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This information will help you complete the forms and guide you through the application process.

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Steps to Canadian Citizenship


Step 1 – Make sure you are eligible

To be eligible for a grant of Canadian citizenship, you must:

  • be a permanent resident (landed immigrant) of Canada
  • have been physically present in Canada for at least 1095 days in the 5 years immediately before you apply
  • if required to do so, have filed personal income taxes for at least 3 years within the 5 year period
  • (if you are between 18 and 54 years old when you apply) demonstrate adequate knowledge of English or French
  • (if you are between 18 and 54 years old when you apply)demonstrate you have knowledge of Canada and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship (this is assessed after you apply)
  • not be under a removal order
  • not be inadmissible or prohibited on criminal or security grounds

Use this tool to check if you’re eligible to apply

Note: If you are a Registered Indian applying for Canadian citizenship, please review Processing a grant or resumption of citizenship for registered Indians.


Important information

The five (5) year eligibility period is only the five (5) years before the date you sign your application. This is the time period you will use in the Physical Presence Calculator.

Possible loss of other citizenship

You could lose your present nationality or citizenship if you become a Canadian citizen. If you have any questions about this, please contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country of your present nationality before applying for Canadian citizenship.


Step 2 – Calculate how long you’ve been in Canada

Use the online calculator to check that you meet the physical presence requirement for Canadian citizenship, print the results and include it when you send us your application.

If you can’t use the online calculator, you can fill out the form manually: How to Calculate Physical Presence form [CIT 0407] (PDF, 1.98 MB). Be sure to double check your calculations as any errors can cause delays in processing your application.

For addition information visit the Physical Presence Frequently Asked Questions.


Step 3 – Gather your documents

Submit the following documents with your application:

  • the original printout of your Online Physical Presence Calculation or form CIT 0407 (PDF, 1.98 MB)
  • photocopies of biographical pages of all valid and expired passports or travel documents you had in the past 5 years. The biographical page means the page where it has your name, photo, passport/travel document number, issue date and expiration date.
    • If you do not have these documents or there is missing time between the validity dates of the travel documents, provide an explanation in question 14 on the application form.
  • photocopies of two (2) pieces of personal identification.

    Examples of identification you can use include:

    • a copy of the biographical page of your passport/travel document (as requested above and also can be one (1) of your pieces of personal identification)
    • driver’s licence
    • health insurance card
    • senior citizen identification card
    • age of majority card
    • foreign identity documents, such as a passport or government issued identification documents

    Note: You can’t use your permanent resident card as identification. If there is information on both sides of the identification document, photocopy both sides.

  • If you are 18 to 54 years old:
    • Photocopies of your proof of English or French language ability.

      Examples of the types of language evidence that can be submitted include:

      • results of a third-party language test
      • diploma, certificate or transcripts from a secondary or post-secondary education program in Canada or abroad, where the language of study was English or French
      • proof that you have reached the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher through a government-funded language training programs

      For more information visit “What documents can I use to prove that I meet the citizenship language requirement?

      or

      • If you are 18-54 years of age and unable to demonstrate that you have the necessary English or French language ability due to a medical condition, you must submit a supporting evidence with your application. Please provide photocopies of one of the following:
        • An audiogram and an attestation issued by a Canadian audiologist if you are hearing impaired
        • Evidence from a medical practitioner in Canada if you have a disorder, disability or condition that is cognitive, psychiatric or physiological in nature
  • Two (2) identical citizenship photos
  • The application fee receipt of $630.00 per adult paid online
  • The Document Checklist [CIT 0007] (PDF, 1.83 MB)

Step 4 – Complete the application form

The forms are best completed on a computer as many questions have drop down lists to make filling out the form easier.

In most sections, add or remove rows as you need by pressing the plus sign (+) or minus sign (-) buttons.

  1. Check the box to show what official language (English or French) you want to use in person or when we communicate with you.
  2. Check the box to tell us if you have any special needs that require accommodation. If yes, select the appropriate accommodation you require in the drop down menu.

    Some examples of specials needs are:

    1. wheelchair access
    2. sign language interpretation (for example, deaf individuals may have a sign language interpreter to help with the assessment of “listening and speaking” ability)
    3. personal assistance (for example, you will be accompanied by a care attendant, an interpreter, a seeing eye dog, a sighted guide, etc.)
    4. materials in accessible formats (for example, the study guide is available in large print, audio or Braille versions).
    1. Tell us if you applied for Canadian citizenship before. If you submitted an application for citizenship that was returned to you as incomplete, answer “no” to this question.
    2. Copy the Client Identification (ID) Number or Unique Client Identifier (UCI) exactly as it appears on your most recent Canadian immigration document. You can find your client ID# or UCI on your:

      You can find your client ID number or UCI on your:

      • Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)
        • the number next to your photograph
      • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
        • the number at the top right corner of the document
      • Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
        • if there is no client ID number listed, provide the document number located at the bottom right corner that begins with a W followed by 9 digits (Example: W 012 345 678)

      The UCI is an eight or ten-digit number:

    3. Copy the date that you became a permanent resident as it appears on your most recent Canadian immigration document. Examples of Canadian immigration documents are listed above.
    1. Copy your names exactly as they appear on your most recent Canadian immigration document. Examples of documents are listed above in step 3b.
    2. If you changed your name and/or gender since becoming a Permanent Resident, check the “yes” box and provide the required documents listed in Appendixes A: Name Change and/or C: Gender Change.
    3. Check the box or indicate your:
      • gender (whether you are F Female, M Male or X Another gender),
      • height (how tall you are), either in centimetres or feet/inches, and
      • natural eye colour.
    4. Copy your date of birth exactly as it appears on your most recent immigration documents. Examples are listed above. If your date of birth needs to be corrected, see Appendix D.
    5. Write your place of birth, including the city or town and country
  3. We need to know all of the names you have ever used in order to verify your identity. If you used any other names other than the one being requested in your grant of citizenship application, print them in the chart. Examples: Name at time of birth, name before marriage, previous married names, married name, nick names or any other names you have used. If you have legally changed your name, see Appendix A – Changing the name on your document.
  4. Check the box to indicate your marital status.
  5. Tell us how we can contact you. Provide your current details:
    • email address (if you provide an email address, we may communicate with you about your application through email where possible. If the email address belongs to a representative, you need to complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476) form)
    • home address (where you live – this address must be in Canada)
    • telephone numbers (where we can phone you)
    • mailing address (the address where you receive mail - only complete this section if your mailing address is different than your home address. If the mailing address belongs to a representative, you need to complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476) form)

    Note: Canada Post’s Mail Forwarding Service does not forward parcels and a citizenship application package is considered a parcel. If we need to return your application package to you because it is incomplete, the package will be returned to us instead of being forwarded to the address you have indicated with Canada Post. If your application package is returned to us by Canada Post, it will not be processed.

  6. Tell us if someone helped you complete your application package.

    If you are appointing an individual, firm or organization as your representative, you must complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476) and include it when you send us your application. Once you appoint a representative, all correspondence from us about your application will be sent to the representative and not to you.

    For instructions on completing the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476), see: Guide IMM 5561 – Use of a Representative.

  7. The five (5) year eligibility period
    1. Calculate how long you’ve been in Canada

      The eligibility period is five (5) years before the date you sign your application. The minimum amount of time you need to be physically present in Canada is 1095 days within the five years immediately before applying.

      We encourage applicants to apply with more than the minimum requirement of 1095 days of physical presence, to account for any miscalculations of absences, or any other aspect that could lower the physical presence total below 1095 days.

      You must complete and submit the printout of your Online Physical Presence Calculation. If you have not already completed this step please do so by visiting the Online Physical Presence Calculator.

      Note: We strongly encourage you to use the online calculator as it is the most accurate way to check your eligibility. If you are unable to use the Online Physical Presence Calculator, you may complete the How to Calculate Physical Presence form (CIT 0407) (PDF, 1.98 MB).

    2. You may be able to use some of your time spent in Canada as an authorized temporary resident or protected person towards your physical presence calculation. Each day spent physically in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident within the last five (5) years, will count as one half day, with a maximum of 365 days towards your physical presence.

      Temporary resident status includes lawful authorization to enter or remain in Canada as a:

      1. visitor,
      2. student,
      3. worker or,
      4. temporary resident permit holder

      Note: If you were issued work or study permits while your refugee claim and/or Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) was being assessed, these documents did not grant you temporary resident status. You can’t claim temporary resident time for those periods.

      A protected person is someone who:

      • was found to be in need of protection or a convention refugee by the Immigration and Refugee Board

        or

      • received a positive decision on a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

      If you are claiming time as a Protected Person, the only time allowed is the time from when you received a positive Protected Person decision on your refugee claim or PRRA application until the day before you became a Permanent Resident.

      Within the last five (5) years, tell us if you held temporary resident status, or protected person’s status in Canada before you became a permanent resident.

      • Check either yes or no
      • If you check yes, complete the chart in question 9b
      • Tell us exactly what status you held (visitor, student, worker, or protected person)
      • Tell us the day, month and year (DD/MM/YY) you were granted each status
      • Tell us the day, month and year (DD/MM/YY) your status ended
    3. There are very rare situations that will allow you to count time outside of Canada towards your physical presence calculation. If you resided outside of Canada because either:
      • you; and/or
      • your Canadian citizen or permanent resident spouse or common law partner; or
      • your permanent resident parent

      were employed outside Canada (not as a locally engaged person) in or with:

      • the Canadian Armed Forces
      • the federal public administration
      • the public service of a province or territory

      check yes, complete the Residence Outside of Canada form [CIT 0177] (PDF, 667.46 KB) and submit any supporting documents requested in that form with your application.

      If you have no time to count, check no and continue to the next question without filling out the form CIT0177.

    1. Write all your addresses inside and outside of Canada during your five (5) year eligibility period, including the postal codes, starting with your current home address. If you were residing, working or studying outside Canada, you must list all of your foreign addresses, including the country postal/mailing codes. Press the (+) plus button if you need more space. You do not need to include addresses of family, friends, hotels or resorts where you stayed while on vacation.

      Provide information that covers the five (5) year eligibility period. Do not leave any gaps during this period and do not leave this section blank. If you do, your application will be returned to you as incomplete.

    2. In the past four (4) years, if you spent 183 days or more in a row (since the age of 18) in a country (other than Canada), you must provide a police certificate from each country. Indicate in the chart the name of each country and provide a police certificate. If you can’t get a police certificate, tell us why. The following examples may help you answer this question.

      Example 1
      You lived in France for one year (365 days) before you became a permanent resident 3 years ago. You did not travel to France after you became a permanent resident. You would answer “Yes” to the question and you would need to provide a police certificate from France if you did not provide one with your immigration application. If you provided a police certificate from France with your immigration application, tell us this in the box provided at Question 10b.
      Example 2
      You became a permanent resident three years and nine months ago. In the past 4 years, you lived in Brazil for 3 months (90 days) before you became a permanent resident and you returned to Brazil to visit family for 4 months (120 days) after you became a permanent resident. You would answer “No” to the question and you would not need to provide a police certificate from Brazil because you did not spend 183 days or more in a row in Brazil.
      Example 3
      In the past 4 years, you took 10 trips to the United States of America (USA). Each trip lasted 3 weeks, for a total of 210 days. You would answer “No” to the question and you would not need to provide a police certificate from the USA because you did not spend 183 days or more in a row in the USA.
      Example 4
      In the past 4 years, you travelled to Singapore four times for work. The first trip was for 30 days; the second trip was for 200 days; the third trip was for 60 days; and the fourth trip was for 120 days. While in Singapore, you took a trip to Malaysia (10 days) and Thailand (10 days). You would answer “Yes” to the question and you would need to provide a police certificate from Singapore because your second trip was more than 183 days in a row. You would not need to provide police certificates from Malaysia or Thailand.
      Example 5
      In the past 4 years, you took one (1) trip to Europe where you visited Portugal (5 days), Spain (7 days), France (10 days), Belgium (3 days), Netherlands (3 days), Germany (21 days), Switzerland (7 days) and Italy (21 days). You took a second trip to Europe where you visited Ireland (14 days), Scotland (14 days) and England (21 days). You went to Germany for a business trip that lasted 60 days. The total time you were outside of Canada was 186 days but you were not in a single country for 183 days or more in a row. You would answer “No” to the question and you would not need to provide police certificates from any of the countries.

      Note: If you were in your country of origin immediately prior to becoming a permanent resident and landing in Canada and this time falls within this four year period, you are not required to provide a police certificate. Please indicate this in the explanation box.

      The police certificate must either have been issued:

      • after the last time you were in that country; or
      • no more than 6 months before the date you sign your citizenship application

      Visit, How to get a police certificate for specific and up-to-date information on how to obtain police certificates from any country.

  8. Tell us what you have been doing during the five (5) year eligibility period.

    Complete the chart. You must list all your work and study history including English/French language training inside or outside Canada for the five (5) year eligibility period. Press the (+) plus button if you need more space.

    • If you were not working because you were studying, unemployed, retired, a caregiver, homemaker or volunteering for any part of this time, provide that information, including the location.
    • If you were self-employed, you must provide details of your self-employment.

    You must provide information that covers the five (5) year eligibility period, being sure to account for each month.

    Do not leave any gaps during this period and do not leave this section blank. If you do, your application will be returned to you.

    1. Tell us if you have a federally issued: Social Insurance Number (SIN), Temporary Tax Number (TTN), and/or Individual Tax Number (ITN). If yes, provide the 9 digit number.
    2. Complete the chart and tell us which years you were required to file your taxes and which years you actually filed.
    3. Check Yes to authorize the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide details of your tax filing information (including income, benefit, and residence information) to IRCC. By checking Yes you are also authorizing IRCC to collect your tax filing information from the CRA to help determine whether you meet the income tax requirement and physical presence requirement for citizenship as well as to examine your tax information in activities to support quality assurance and integrity in the citizenship program.

      Subsection 8(1) of the Privacy Act and paragraph 241(5)(b) of the Income Tax Act allows the Canada Revenue Agency to provide personal information to IRCC, with the consent of the relevant individuals. This consent is required under paragraph 2(1)(e) of the Citizenship Regulations, No. 2.

  9. Tell us if you have had immigration, permanent resident status and/or citizenship in any other country outside of Canada, including your country of birth.
    • Check either yes or no.
    • If you check yes, complete the chart.
    • Tell us which countries you have held status in, and exactly what status you held or currently hold (student, employment/worker, refugee/protected person, permanent resident or citizen).
    • Provide the month and year (MM/YY) that you obtained each status.
    • If your status is no longer valid, provide the month and year (MM/YY) your status ended. If you still hold this status, indicate “current”.
  10. Tell us if you have held passports or travel documents during your five (5) year eligibility period.
    1. Check either yes or no.
      • If you check yes, complete the chart labeled Table A in question 14 by including:
        1. the document number
        2. the name of the country that issued the document (issuing authority)
        3. the place (city or town) the document was issued
        4. the date the document was issued
        5. the expiry date of the document
      • If you do not have a passport or travel document that was/is valid during your five (5) year eligibility period, tell us why in the box provided labeled Table B.
    2. Check Yes to authorize the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to provide your history of travel to IRCC. By selecting Yes, you are also authorizing IRCC to collect the history of your travel from the CBSA and to use the information provided by the CBSA in order to determine your citizenship eligibility.
      • If you choose No, you may be asked to provide additional documents later in the process which will delay the processing of your application. Please do not contact the CBSA to request your history of travel.

Language requirement

    1. All applicants 18-54 years of age must submit proof that demonstrates adequate knowledge of English or French (even if your first language is English or French).

      If you are 18-54 years of age and unable to demonstrate that you have the necessary English or French language ability due to a medical condition, this requirement may be waived. You must submit supporting evidence with your application. See Step 3 in this instruction guide.

      Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens level 4 is considered “Basic Proficiency” and means an individual can:

      • take part in short, everyday conversations about common topics
      • understand simple instructions, questions and directions
      • use basic grammar, including simple structures and tenses and show that you know enough common words and phrases to answer questions and express yourself

      If you do not have proof of language proficiency or the language level needed, you can take a government-funded language program to help you improve your language skills to get a certificate at a level of CLB/NCLC 4.

      Examples of the types of language evidence that can be submitted include:

      1. You attended or are currently attending a secondary or post-secondary education program in English or French, either in Canada or abroad, including:
        • A degree, diploma, certificate or official transcripts from a secondary or post-secondary education program showing you studied in English or French, in Canada or abroad.
        • If the original document is in a different language, include:
          • a letter from the school showing that the language of instruction was in English or French along with (including an official translation of the original document, if needed)
          • the address and contact information (phone number) of the education institution
      2. Results from a third-party language test

        Note: If you did the test in the past for immigration or citizenship purposes, we will accept the results even if it has expired.

        1. Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General Test (CELPIP-G) or the CELPIP-General LS (listening and speaking).
          • If you took the test after April 1, 2014, you must have a score of level 4 or higher in listening and speaking.
          • If you took the test before April 1, 2014, you must have a score of 2H or higher (i.e., 3L, 3H, 4L, 4H, 5L, or 5H) in listening and speaking.
        2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS), General Training. You must have a score of:
          • 4.0 or higher in speaking and
          • 4.5 or higher in listening. (Note: If the test was done before November 28, 2008, we will accept a level 4 or higher)
        3. Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF), Test d’Évaluation du Français adapté au Québec (TEFAQ) or TEF pour la naturalisation.
          • If you took the test after July 1, 2012:
            • Niveau B1 or higher, (i.e. B2, C1 or C2) in Compréhension de l’oral and Expression orale
          • If you took the test before July 1, 2012:
            • Niveau 3 or higher in Compréhension de l’oral and Expression orale.
          • If you took the Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF) before July 1, 2012, you need a level 3 for expression orale only. This applies only to the TEF and not the TEFAQ or TEF pour la naturalisation.
        4. We will accept the following proof if you have submitted them in the past for immigration purposes to Quebec (note: these tests align with the échelle québécoise and not officially with CLB/NCLC 4):
          • Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF) – All test results
          • Diplôme d’études en langue française (DELF) – Level B1 or higher
          • Test de connaissance du français(TCF)Niveau B1 or higher
          • Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCFQ) – Niveau B1 or higher
      3. You took a government-funded language training program and have achieved Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (CLB/NCLC) level 4 or higher in speaking and listening skills, including:
        • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada or Cours de Langue pour Immigrants au Canada (LINC or CLIC):
          • If you completed the LINC or CLIC course on or after November 1st, 2012:
            • A copy of the certificate.
          • If you completed the LINC or CLIC course at CLB 4/NCLC 4 or higher from January 1st 2008 to October 31st, 2012:
            • A copy of the certificate.
            • If you do not have a copy of your certificate, check the box in question 15a and we will validate your certificate in the system.
        • You completed a provincial language training program in:

          Manitoba

          • A copy of the Manitoba Canadian Language Benchmark Report or an Adult English as an Additional Language (EAL) student progress report from Manitoba Government.
            • Speaking and listening skills are at CLB/NCLC level 4 or higher.

          Quebec

          • Bulletins by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion du Québec (MIDI) or the Ministère de l’Immigration et Communautés Culturelles (old department name):
            • Assessments issued between June 1st, 2011 and October 16, 2012, must indicate interaction orale is level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise); or
            • Assessments issued after October 16, 2012, must indicate interaction orale or compréhension orale (listening) and production orale (speaking) is level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise).
          • The Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES) is issuing a Relevé des apprentissages for adults taking French training as per the “francisation à la formation générale des adultes”. You need level 4 or higher of l’échelle québécoise in speaking and listening.

          British Columbia (BC)

          • Certificates issued on or after November 1st, 2012 automatically show a CLB 4 level or higher, even if not stated on the certificate.
          • British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training in 2010 or after, submit an ELSA report card or an ELSA certificate issued on or before August 31, 2014, confirming language level CLB 4 or higher in listening and speaking.
          • British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training in 2008 or 2009, submit an ELSA certificate showing language level CLB 4 or higher in listening and speaking.

          Note: certificates were not automatically issued and contact the ELSA program directly to get a copy. We will not make the request for you.

          Ontario

          Ontario Provincial Language Training Certificates from December 2013 or later showing a level CLB/NCLC 4 or higher, in speaking and listening, including:

          • English as a Second Language (ESL)/Anglais Langue Seconde (ALS)
          • French as a Second Language (FSL)/Français Langue Seconde (FLS); or
          • Citizenship and Language Training (CL)/Instruction civique et enseignement de la langue (ICEL)

          Saskatchewan

          Since January 2016, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has a Statement of Language Proficiency for students of English as an Additional Language (EAL). It is based on the Common Framework of Reference (CFR) scale in listening and in speaking:

          • All schools in Saskatchewan from Kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) are able to issue the certificate for English as an Additional Language.
          • Level B1 is equal or higher to CLB 4.

          Knowledge Requirement

          If you are 18 to 54 years old, you must demonstrate that you have an adequate knowledge of Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship. You will be scheduled to take a citizenship knowledge test after we receive your application.

          If you can’t demonstrate you meet the knowledge requirement due to a medical condition, submit supporting evidence with your application.

          If you have a disorder, disability or condition that is cognitive, psychiatric or psychological, we will accept supporting evidence from a medical practitioner in Canada. It must explain how the disability or condition affects your ability to study the official citizenship study guide in English or French and to take the associated citizenship test.

          The supporting documents help us understand your situation. We will return your whole application if you do not submit this supporting evidence.

          Format: Clear and legible photocopy. Must be in English or French. An official translation must be provided if the document is not in English or French.

  1. To make sure you are not prohibited from becoming a Canadian citizen answer all of the questions 1 to 9 by checking yes or no.

    To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must not be prohibited under the Citizenship Act. You cannot become a citizen if any of the situations listed in Question 16 apply to you at the time you submit your citizenship application or while your application is being processed.

    Please read the situations that prevent you from becoming a Canadian citizen, If any apply to you, check the yes box after the statement and provide details in the explanation box 16b. If the situation does not apply to you, check the no box after the statement.

    1. Check the box in 16a to confirm that you have read and understood the situations that prevent you from becoming a Canadian citizen.

      If you checked yes to any of the situations that prevent you from becoming a Canadian citizen provide details in the explanation box 16b.

      IRCC checks with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) to find out if there are any criminal or security reasons which could prevent you from acquiring Canadian citizenship.

      You may need to provide fingerprints and/or court documents and/or attend an in-person interview to ensure you are not prohibited under the Citizenship Act.

      Warning: Your citizenship can be taken away (revoked) if, at the time you take the oath, you know that any of the above prohibitions apply to you.

  2. Check the boxes if you authorize IRCC to provide your personal information to:
    1. Your federal Member of Parliament (MP)

      Check either Yes or No to indicate whether you authorize IRCC to provide your name, residential address and preferred official language to your federal Member of Parliament (MP) so that they can send you a letter of congratulations if you become a Canadian citizen. No other information will be forwarded.

    2. Elections Canada

      Check either Yes or No to indicate whether or not you authorize IRCC to provide the following information to Elections Canada to be added to the National Register of Electors (the Register):

      • your name
      • your residential and mailing address
      • your gender
      • your Unique Client Identifier (UCI)
      • your date of birth, and
      • the date your citizenship was granted

      When you become a Canadian citizen and are 18 years of age or older, you have the right to vote in federal elections and referendums. Elections Canada maintains the Register and uses it during a federal election or a referendum to produce voter’s lists and to communicate with eligible voters.

      The Canada Elections Act also allows Elections Canada to provide voter information to provincial and territorial election agencies for uses permitted under their respective legislations and to provide voter information (name, address, and gender only) to members of Parliament, registered political parties and candidates at election time. The UCI and the date your citizenship was granted will only be used by Elections Canada for administrative purposes, and will not be shared by Elections Canada except as required by law.

      If you check Yes, IRCC will provide your name, residential and mailing address, gender, date of birth, UCI and the date your citizenship was granted to Elections Canada in order to add you to the Register, but only after you become a Canadian citizen. If you check No, IRCC will not provide your information to Elections Canada. You will still have the right to vote in federal elections and referendums, but you will have to take the necessary steps to be added to the list.

      More information about the Register and its uses is available on their website. You can also call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

    3. Chief Electoral officer of Québec, if you live in Québec

      If you are 18 years or older and reside in Québec, indicate whether you authorize IRCC to provide to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec the following information so that your name can be added to the Permanent List of Electors (voters) if you became a Canadian citizen:

      • your name
      • your residential address, and the date when you started to reside at that address
      • your gender
      • your date of birth
      • your Unique Client Identifier (UCI), and
      • the date you were granted citizenship

      Your application for citizenship will in no way be affected by your answer to this question.

      The Election Act (PDF, 1.98 MB) allows the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec to:

      • provide voter information to provincial political parties and members of the National Assembly as well as municipal and school boards to compile and update lists of electors (voters) lists for municipal and school elections, and
      • notify the elector in writing that their name has been entered on the permanent list of electors, requesting that the elector correct or complete the information which concerns them, where required.

      The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec receives the UCI for administrative purposes only, while the date your citizenship was granted allows them to validate that you qualify as an elector based on the electoral laws it administers. This information is subject to no other use or communication.

      If you do not provide authorization, you will still be able to vote, but you will have visit the revision office and present two supporting documents to register. Once your name is registered on the list of electors you will be able to vote in a provincial, municipal or school election.

  3. Sign and date the application form with the signature you use on other official documents. Make sure the dates and signature are the same on your application form and printout of your Online Physical Presence Calculator.

    stop sign Note: Your application will be returned to you if it is:

    • not signed and dated
    • dated more than 90 days before we receive it
    • post-dated (dated into the future)
    • make sure that the date of signature on the application and the date on the physical presence calculator printout are the same

    You must be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship the day before you sign the application form.


Citizenship photos

  • include two (2) identical citizenship photos
  • print the Citizenship Photo Specifications page and take it to a photographer to make sure you get the correct size photo
  • don’t staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.

Your application will be returned if you do not include two (2) photos that meet the citizenship photo specifications.


Translation of documents

You must submit the following for any document that is not in English or French, unless otherwise stated on your document checklist:

  • the English or French translation; and
  • an affidavit from the person who completed the translation (see below for details); and
  • a certified copy of the original document.

small exclamation warning signImportant information: Translations must not be done by the applicants themselves nor by an applicant’s parent, guardian, sibling, spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, grandparent, child, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or first cousin.

Translators who are certified in Canada don’t need to supply an affidavit. A certified translator will provide both a certified translation and certified copies of the original documents.

An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in the presence of a person authorized to administer oaths in the country where the translator is living, that the contents of their translation are a true translation and representation of the contents of the original document.

The affidavit must be sworn in the presence of:

In Canada:

  • a notary public
  • a commissioner of oaths
  • a commissioner of taking affidavits

Authority to certify varies by province and territory. Consult your local provincial or territorial authorities.

Outside of Canada:

  • a notary public

Authority to administer oaths varies by country. Consult your local authorities.


Congratulations

You have completed your application form for an adult grant of Canadian citizenship!

Family applications: If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship, even if they are using different types of citizenship application forms, send all of the applications together in the one envelope. The applications will be processed together. We will try to schedule family members together (for testing and the ceremony), but sometimes, it may not be possible

To apply for Canadian citizenship for your child (under 18 years of age), complete the Application for Canadian Citizenship — Minors [CIT 0003] (PDF, 2.32 MB).


Step 5 – Pay the fees

You must pay your fees online. If you have forgotten your password for the online payment system, please visit How do I reset my password for the online payment system in the Help Centre

The fee is $630 for each applicant 18 years of age and older applying for Canadian citizenship.

Calculating your fees

If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship pay the fees all together.

Use this table to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. After you pay, print the receipt and include it with your application.

Application $CAN

Adult (18 and over)

Processing fee ($530) and right of citizenship fee ($100)

$630

Minor (under 18)

Processing fee ($100)

$100

Explanation of fees and refund

This section describes the fees that are required and if they are refundable. All payment must be made in Canadian funds.

Processing fee

Amount: $530 for each applicant 18 years of age and older applying under subsection 5(1) and $100 for each child applying under subsection 5(2).

You can’t get a refund of your processing fee once we start processing your application, even if you are refused. If you choose to withdraw your application, or abandon your application, you will only be refunded the Right of Citizenship fee.

Right of citizenship fee

Amount: $100 for each applicant over 18 years of age

You will be refunded your right of citizenship fee if you don’t become a citizen.

You must pay the processing fee and the right of citizenship fee for a total of $630.

We will issue any refunds to the person on the Payer Information section of the receipt. If there is no name on the receipt, we will send the refund to the applicant.


Payment Issues

No fee included or Insufficient Fees

If you do not pay the full fees for your application(s) we will return your application(s). We will only start processing your application after you return it with the correct fees.

blue question mark For immigration applications, see section 10 of the IRPR and for citizenship applications, see section 13 of the Citizenship Act for more information.

Overpayment

If you pay more than the fees needed for your application(s) we will start processing your application, and send you a refund as soon as possible.

Note: You don’t have to ask for a refund. It will be done automatically.

Note: If you’re eligible for a refund, we will issue the refund to the person indicated on the Payer Information section of the receipt (paper applications). If there is no name indicated on the receipt, we will send the refund to the applicant.


Step 6 – Submit your application

Send your complete application to:

Regular Mail Courier Address
Case Processing Centre-Sydney
P.O. Box 7000
Sydney, NS
B1P 6V6
Case Processing Centre-Sydney
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5Z2

Include all family members’ applications in the same envelope as your application.


Processing your application

The Case Processing Centre (CPC) in Sydney makes sure your application:

  • meets the minimum processing requirements
  • includes all the required documents
  • has the right fee

You will get:

  • acknowledgement of receipt (by mail or e-mail)
  • correspondence asking for more information (in some cases)

Your application will be returned if:

  • it does not meet the minimum processing requirements
  • does not include the correct fee payment
  • is not complete

Processing starts once we receive a completed application.

The CPC sends your application to another office for further processing.


Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly chooses applications for a special review. If chosen, you may be asked to provide other information and we will ask you to attend an interview with an IRCC official to:

  • verify that the documentation and any other information you submitted is accurate,
  • verify that your application has been completed properly, and
  • verify that you meet the requirements for citizenship.

Note: We will notify you in writing if your application is chosen.


Step 7 – Prepare for your test

If you are between 18 – 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you may get an invitation to write your test within weeks after we accept your application. If you have not already started, begin studying for your Canadian citizenship knowledge test. Read the official study guide

There are 20 questions on the test. You need 15 correct answers to pass. You will have three (3) opportunities to pass the test.


Step 8 – Go to your interview, test or hearing

We will ask you to come to a local citizenship office for a review of:

  • the original documents you submitted with your application, and
  • the passports and travel documents covering your five (5) year eligibility period.

If applicable, you will be tested on your knowledge of:

  • English or French
  • Canada’s history, geography, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship (the citizenship test).

We will send you one or more of these notices:

  • Notice to appear to take a citizenship test
  • Notice to appear for an interview with a citizenship official
  • Notice to appear for a hearing with a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge

important information Important information: To avoid delays or closure of your application, tell us as soon as possible if you can’t attend a scheduled event. Only those scheduled for the written test are allowed in the testing room. Unless you have special needs, you will have 30 minutes to complete the test. If you bring young children, you should have someone to watch over them during the test session.


Step 9 – Wait for the decision

A citizenship official will make a decision on your application.

If you do not meet all of the requirements for citizenship, you will receive a decision from the official in writing.

If you meet all the requirements for citizenship up until this point, our office will notify you in writing of the time and location of your citizenship ceremony.


Step 10 – Go to a ceremony and take the oath

If, up until this point, you meet all the requirements for citizenship, the final requirement is to take the oath of citizenship to become a Canadian citizen!

Adults and minors aged 14 or over will receive a Notice to Appear with the location and time to attend a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of citizenship before a citizenship judge or presiding official. Once the oath is taken, you will receive your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship.

Minors under 14 years of age are welcome to attend the citizenship ceremony. If they can’t attend, the parent(s)/guardian will be given the minor’s Certificate of Canadian Citizenship.

important information To avoid delays or closure of your application, tell us as soon as possible if you can’t attend the scheduled ceremony.

important information Remember to tell us if any of the situations that prevent a person from becoming a citizen apply to you when you come to the ceremony.



For more information

Current processing times

You can check current processing times on the Check application processing times webpage.



Important information

Updating your contact information

While your application is in process, you must tell us if you change your address, email address, or telephone number. Use the Change your address tool to give us your new contact information.

If you do not notify us of any change in your contact information, and we can’t reach you, your application could be abandoned or closed.

Remember, Canada Post’s Mail Forwarding Service does not forward parcels and a citizenship application package is considered a parcel.


Check application status

You can check the status of your application online. Your status will only appear online once we receive and have accepted your application into processing.

Find out how to remove your application status information from the Internet.


Protecting your information

Your personal information:

  • is only available to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) employees who need to see it in order to provide the services to you,
  • may be shared, with your consent, with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for the purposes of validating your tax filing information; and
  • is not disclosed to anyone else except as permitted under the provisions of the Privacy Act and the Citizenship Regulations.

Note: The legal authority for IRCC to collect income tax information including filing history and the Social Insurance Number (SIN) is provided for in subsection 5(1) of the Citizenship Act, section 26.6 of the Citizenship Regulations and paragraph 2(1)(d) of the Citizenship Regulations No.2. The CRA’s legal authority to disclose income tax information including filing history upon applicant consent is provided for in paragraph 241(5)(b) of the Income Tax Act. Income tax information including filing history provided by the CRA to IRCC may be used to verify a citizenship applicant’s income tax information including filing history for the purpose of assessing their citizenship application against the tax filing requirement of subsection 5(1)(c) of the Citizenship Act. IRCC may, on occasion, send information pertaining to a citizenship application to the CRA in respect of any relevant information related to any discrepancies between the information obtained from the applicant and that provided by the CRA if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the discrepancy is a result of false representation, fraud or concealment of material circumstances made in the course of an application, as well as any personal information, including the SIN, of an applicant that the CRA is authorized to collect for the purpose of the administration of the Income Tax Act. IRCC will not use this information for any other purpose or share it with any other third party.

question For more information. You can obtain additional information on the protection of your data by visiting the Help Centre.


Appendix A

Name change

If you have changed your name, consult the information below to determine the documents that are to be included with your application.

If you have legally changed your name within Canada

Then you must submit a copy of the change of name document issued by a Canadian province or territory, or by the appropriate foreign-state authority. The document must show both your previous and amended names.

The following documents are accepted:

  • Legal change of name document
  • Court order specifying name change
  • Adoption order

The following documents are accepted for changes to family name only:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Registration or declaration of union issued by civil authorities
  • Revocation of declaration or annulment of union issued by civil authorities
  • Registration for common-law relationship, in provinces that permit changes of name for common-law relationships under their provincial/territorial law

If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing in Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • A foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • A foreign name change document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation); and
  • A document in the new name from Canadian provinces or territories (ex. driver's licence, health card, age of majority card, senior citizen’s identification card, or social service card)

If you have legally changed your name outside Canada and are residing outside Canada

Then you must provide a copy of the following documents:

  • a foreign passport or other national authoritative documentation amended to reflect the new name;
  • a foreign name change document that links your previous name to your new name, such as a foreign marriage certificate (with an official translation) or other foreign legal change of name document issued by foreign authorities; and
  • an authoritative national or state/province (or equivalent) issued photo identification document issued in the country or state/province in which you reside that displays the new name, such as:
    • a foreign passport or other travel documents, if you are a dual citizen;
    • a state/provincial (or equivalent) identification card.

If you have applied and obtained an amendment to your Record of Landing, or Confirmation of Permanent Residence due to errors made by Canadian immigration officials when recording your name, then you must submit a copy of the amendment or a letter confirming the change of name.

important information Important information: Once processing of your application has begun a name change can only be made due to an administrative error made by the Department, or a legal change of name.

important information Important information: You cannot request a change of an adopted person’s name after Part 2 of the application has been submitted.

If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the request for a change of name, the name that appears on the citizenship certificate will be the name listed on the adoption order.


Appendix B

Date of birth correction

The date of birth on your citizenship certificate will be the same as the one shown on your immigration document unless you:

  • have corrected your date of birth on your immigration document or
  • have legally changed it after arriving in Canada or
  • are requesting a different date of birth for your citizenship certificate and you can provide supporting documents.

If your date of birth has been corrected on your immigration document

then you must provide a copy of

  • an approved Request to Amend Immigration Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688), and
  • your new corrected Permanent Resident Card (if you have one).

If you have legally changed your date of birth by a provincial/territorial court order

then you must provide a copy of

If you did not change your date of birth by a provincial/territorial court order and your date of birth has not been corrected on your immigration document

then you must provide a copy of

important information Important information: You cannot request a change in your date of birth after your application has been submitted. If satisfactory documentation is not provided with the application to support the date of birth requested, the citizenship certificate will reflect the date of birth indicated on your immigration document.

If you do not have a provincial/territorial court order changing your date of birth, you must first request an amendment to your immigration document before requesting a different date of birth on your citizenship certificate.

question For more information. For information on amending your immigration document refer to the guide Request to Amend Record of Landing, Confirmation of Permanent Residence or Valid Temporary Resident Documents (IMM 5218)


Appendix C

Gender Change

If you need to change the gender on your citizenship certificate or would like to use a different gender than the one on your immigration document, complete and submit the Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier with your application.

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