Application for Canadian citizenship – Minors (under 18 years of age) applying under subsection 5(1) – (CIT 0403)


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, under 18 years of age, who do not have a Canadian parent or are not applying with their parent or legal guardian and wish to apply to become Canadian citizens on their own.

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 the minor is eligible

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

  • be under 18 years of age on the day you sign the application,
  • 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.
  • have filed personal income taxes for at least 3 years within the 5 year period, if required under the Income Tax Act
  • not already have a Canadian parent
  • not be under a removal order
  • not be inadmissible or prohibited on criminal or security grounds

Check to make sure the minor is eligible to apply

The five (5) year eligibility period is only the five (5) years before the date you sign your application.

The five (5) year eligibility period includes the time since the minor became a permanent resident and each day that the minor was physically present in Canada as an authorized temporary resident or protected person before they became a permanent resident, if applicable.

This is the time period you will use in the Physical Presence Calculator.

If the minor is applying at the same time as their parent, or already has a Canadian parent, please use the Application for Canadian citizenship - Minors (under 18 years of age) under subsection 5(2).

Exception to citizenship by birth in Canada

A child born in Canada is not a Canadian at birth if they were born to:

  • a foreign diplomat,
  • a representative or employee in Canada of a foreign government,
  • an employee in the service of a person mentioned above,
  • an officer or employee of a specialized agency of the United Nations or another international organization who is granted diplomatic privileges or immunities.

This does not apply if the other parent was a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of the child’s birth.

Who can submit the application on behalf of the minor?

A person with custody of the minor, or who is empowered to act on the minor’s behalf can submit the application. This can be:

  • a biological parent with legal custody of the minor
  • an adoptive parent with legal custody of the minor
  • a person or agency that can provide court documents confirming custody of the minor
  • a person or agency that can provide an order of permanent guardianship of the minor
Note:

A step-parent or grandparent is not considered a parent for citizenship application purposes unless that step-parent or grandparent has legally adopted the minor or has legal custody of the minor.

We will ask for proof that a biological or adoptive parent has custody of or is empowered to act on the minor’s behalf

Waiver of the requirement that a person applies on behalf of the Minor Applicant

The Citizenship Act requires applications for minors (under 18) applying under subsection 5(1) be submitted by:

  • a person who has custody of the minor, or
  • by a person who is empowered to act on behalf of the minor by virtue of a court order or written agreement or by operation of law.

In exceptional cases, a minor will not have access to an individual who meets this criteria. The Citizenship Act allows for the minor to apply where the Minister waives this requirement. For us to consider the application, a minor must request a waiver of this requirement. To request a waiver, the minor must check the boxes in sections 1B and 12 of the application form declaring that they cannot obtain the necessary signature of the person who can make the application and are therefore requesting a waiver of this requirement.

The act of checking the boxes is not a confirmation or indication that the waiver request is accepted. We will consider the request. We may ask for supporting documents or evidence to support the request for a waiver and then communicate the decision to the minor or individual, firm or organization appointed by the minor as appropriate.

If the waiver request is not accepted, we will not be able to accept the application for processing without the application being submitted by a person who is eligible to do so. We will return the application to you and refund the application fee.

Possible loss of other citizenship

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

Step 2 – Calculate how long a minor has been in Canada

Use the online calculator to check that a minor meets the requirement for physical presence (time spent in Canada) for Canadian citizenship. Then print the result and include it when you send us the application.

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

For more information, visit the Physical Presence Frequently Asked Questions.

 You must recalculate your physical presence (opens in a new tab) if we return the application because

Make sure the application form and the calculator printout have the same date of signature.


Step 3. Gather documents

Submit the following documents with the application:

a) Application for Canadian Citizenship – Minors (under 18 years of age) applying under subsection 5(1) [CIT 0403] (PDF, 3.0 MB) – completed, signed and dated.

b) Original printout of the minor’s Online Physical Presence Calculation or How to Calculate Physical Presence form [CIT 0407] (PDF, 1.98 MB) – completed, signed and dated.

c) Photocopy of proof you are the person with custody of the minor or are legally empowered to act on the minor’s behalf. You must submit one of the following documents:

  • A birth certificate listing you as the parent;
  • Adoption order;
  • Documents issued by the provincial/territorial courts granting custodial guardianship;
  • order of permanent guardianship

Exception: If the minor is requesting a waiver of the requirement.

d) Passports and travel documents the minor must provide photocopies of the biographical pages of all passport and/or travel documents (valid and cancelled) for the five (5) year eligibility period.

The biographical page means the page that has the minor’s name, photo, passport or travel document number, issue date and expiration date.

Also, provide photocopies of any renewal pages of the passports and travel documents.

  • If the minor does not have any of these documents, please explain in question 7E on the application form
  • If there are any gaps in time between validity periods of the minor’s passports or travel documents during the past five (5) years, explain in question 7F.

e) Photocopy of two (2) pieces of identification, one which must have a photo. Examples include:

  • a copy of the biographical page of the minor’s passport or travel document can be used as one (1) piece of identification;
  • identity card issued by a provincial/territorial/federal government;
  • social services card;
  • a Canadian driver’s licence;
  • a Canadian health insurance card;
  • school identification card;
  • non-government issued identification;
  • foreign identity documents.

Note: If there is information on both sides of the identification document, photocopy both sides.

For a minor under school age, examples of identification you can submit include:

  • a passport page containing the minor’s photo and personal details,
  • a hospital or immunization record.

The following documents are not acceptable as pieces of identification:

  • Permanent resident card (PR card);
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN) card;
  • Bank cards;
  • Credit cards.

f) Two (2) identical citizenship photos

g) Fee Receipt - The application fee of $100.00 per minor paid online.

h) Use of Representative Form (IMM 5476), if applicable.

Minors under 14 years of age:

i) Provide colour photocopies of all pages of passports or travel documents (valid and cancelled) that the minor had in the past 5 years. If the minor does not have these documents or there are gaps in time between travel documents, please explain in question 7E on the application form.

j) School documents/Education records: provide photocopies of all official education records if the minor attended an educational institution in the past 5 years. If the minor was home schooled, submit photocopies of written proof of registration as determined by the respective Ministry of Education in the province or territory where you live. If the minor does not have these documents, please explain in question 7I.


Step 4. Complete the application form

The forms are best completed on a computer.

Important information: If you are completing this application for a minor under 18 years of age, remember all questions are about the minor.


Section 1

Question 1

Check the appropriate box to indicate if you are:

  • 1A: The person with custody of, or who is empowered to act on behalf of the minor; or;
  • 1B: The minor who does not have access to a person eligible to apply on their behalf and will be seeking a waiver of this requirement. The minor will also have to check the appropriate box in Section 12 of the application form.

Section 2

Question 2A

What is your preferred language for correspondence and interview of the minor applicant? English or French?

Question 2B

Check the box to indicate if the minor has any special needs that require accommodation. If yes, please explain.

Special needs are described as:

  • wheelchair access,
  • sign language interpretation (for example, deaf individuals may have a sign language interpreter to assist with the assessment of “listening and speaking” ability),
  • personal assistance (for example, you will be accompanied by a care attendant, an interpreter, a seeing eye dog, a sighted guide, etc.).

Section 3

Question 3

Has the minor applied for Canadian citizenship before? If yes, write the year when the minor last applied. If the minor had submitted an application for citizenship that was returned to as incomplete, answer “no” to this question.


Section 4

Question 4A

Copy the Client Identification (ID) # or Unique Client Identifier (UCI) exactly as it appears on the minor's most recent Canadian immigration document. You can find the client ID or UCI on the minor’s:

  • Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)
    • the number next to the photograph
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292 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.

Question 4B

Copy the minor’s names exactly as it appears on their most recent Canadian immigration document. Examples of Canadian immigration documents are listed above in 4A.

If the minor's name was shortened (truncated) on the immigration document, it will appear in full length on their citizenship certificate, up to 50 characters for the family name(s) and 50 characters for the given name(s).

Question 4C

If the minor changed their legal name and/or gender change 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.

Question 4D

We need to know all the names the minor has ever used in order to verify their identity. If the minor has used any other names other than their legal name, print them in the chart. Examples: Name at time of birth, nick names or other names they have used. If the minor has had a legal name change, see Appendix A – Changing the Name on Your Document.

Question 4E

The person submitting the application on behalf of the minor applicant would have checked question 1A on the application form.

Therefore, in this section:

  • Indicate your relationship to the minor.
  • Indicate your name (last name, given names), address, if applicable the name of the Organization/Agency, telephone number and e-mail address. If you provide your email address, we may correspond with you about the minor’s application via email where possible.

The Citizenship Act requires that applications for minors (those under 18 years of age) applying under subsection 5(1) be submitted by a person who has custody of the minor, or who is empowered to act on behalf of the minor by virtue of a court order or written agreement or by operation of law unless otherwise ordered by a court.

If a waiver of this requirement is being requested check question 1B and in section 12 of the application form.


Section 5

Question 5A

Copy the minor’s:

  • date of birth exactly as it appears on their most recent Canadian immigration document. Examples are listed above in 4A, and
  • place of birth, including the city or town and country or territory. If the minor’s date of birth needs to be corrected, see Appendix B Date of Birth Correction.
Question 5B

Check the box or indicate the minor’s:

  • gender (whether they are F Female, M Male or X Another gender);
  • height (how tall they are), either in centimetres or feet/inches;
  • natural eye colour;
  • marital status.

Section 6

Question 6A

Please indicate the minor’s current residential (home) address (e.g. where the minor lives), complete with:

  • street address,
  • city or town,
  • province or territory,
  • country or territory,
  • postal code.

Canada Post Mail Forwarding Service does not include IRCC correspondence.  Any IRCC correspondence will be returned to IRCC instead of forwarded to your new (Canadian or international) address. If your application is returned to IRCC it will not be processed.

Question 6B

Complete if the minor’s mailing address is different from their home address.

If the mailing address belongs to a representative, you must indicate their mailing address in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.

Question 6C

List the telephone number(s) where the minor can be reached (as applicable).

Question 6D

Write how long the minor has lived at their current residential/home address.

Question 6E

Indicate the minor’s email address using this format (if applicable): name@provider.net

If the minor will be requesting a waiver in Section 12 of the application form, if approved, we may correspond with the minor about the application via e-mail where applicable. If the email address belongs to a representative, you must indicate their email address in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.


Section 7

Question 7A

You must complete and submit the printout of the minor’s Online Physical Presence Calculator.

The person submitting the application on the minor’s behalf must sign the calculator, along with minor applicants aged 14 years and older.

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).

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

Note: Is the minor applying too early? If the minor applies before they meet the physical presence requirements, they will not qualify for citizenship. The application will be returned and the minor will have to re-apply later.

Note: We encourage everyone to apply a few days after they have reached the minimum 1095 day requirement to account for any miscalculations of absences or any other aspect that could lower their physical presence total below 1095 days.

Question 7B

Write the date when the minor became a permanent resident (landed immigrant).

To find this date, refer to the minor’s:

  • Record of Landing – IMM 1000 (box 45),
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence – IMM 5292 (box 45),
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence – IMM 5688 (Personal information),
  • Permanent Resident Card (back).

The minor’s entry to Canada and status will be verified with Canadian officials. If conditions were imposed when the minor was granted permanent resident status and the minor has not complied with these conditions, you should contact your local IRCC office to clarify this situation before applying for citizenship. The minor cannot be granted citizenship if they have unfulfilled (outstanding) conditions relating to their status as a permanent resident.

Question 7C

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

You may be able to use some of the time that the minor spent as an authorized temporary resident or protected person towards their 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 towards the minor’s physical presence.

Check either yes or no. If you checked yes:

  • Complete the chart;
  • Tell us exactly what status the minor held (visitor, student, worker, or protected person);
  • Tell us the year, month and day (YY/MM/DD) that the minor was granted each status; and
  • Tell us the year, month and day (YY/MM/DD) that the minor’s status ended.
Question 7D

Tell us if the minor had immigration, permanent resident status and/or citizenship in any other country or territory outside of Canada, including their country of birth.

  • Check either yes or no
  • If you check yes, complete the chart
  • Tell us which countries or territories the minor held status in, and exactly what status they held or currently hold (student, refugee/protected person, permanent resident, citizen or employment/worker).
  • Provide the month and year (MM/YY) that the minor obtained each status
  • If the minor’s status is no longer valid, provide the month and year (MM/YY) their status ended. If the minor still holds this status, indicate “current”.
Question 7E

Check the box to indicate if the minor has all of the required photocopies of passports or travel documents held during the five (5) year eligibility period.

Note: Minors under 14 years of age must submit colour photocopies of all pages of their passports or travel documents.

If the required photocopies are not available, please explain why in the space provided.

Question 7F

Check the box to indicate if there are any gaps in time in the validity period of the minor’s passports or travel documents during the five (5) year eligibility period. If there are gaps in time, please explain why in the box provided.

Question 7G

Indicate if the minor is a permanent resident (or the equivalent) of any other country or territory other than Canada. If yes, list the country (countries) or territory (territories) and the date the minor obtained this status for each country.

Question 7H

Indicate all of the minor’s Canadian and overseas addresses, including postal codes, for the five (5) year eligibility period.
If the minor was residing, employed or attending school outside Canada, you must list all of their foreign addresses, including the postal codes.

Question 7I

Check the box in A and B to indicate if the minor has worked or studied during the five (5) year eligibility period.

Complete the chart in section C. Include all of the minor’s work and education history including English/French language training for this five (5) year eligibility period.

If the minor was not employed, attending school or participating in a training program, (i.e. the minor was unemployed, volunteering, etc.) this time must be listed under “Work/Education”, with the time period indicated. Do not exclude any period of time during the eligibility period. Do not leave this section blank. If you do, your application will be returned.

Question 7J

To determine if the minor was required, under the Income Tax Act, to file income taxes, please refer to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) information on Newcomers to Canada (immigrants). To check the minor’s personal tax information, you may refer to the CRA’s My Account online service.

  1. Tell us if the minor 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 the minor was required to file taxes and which years the minor actually filed.
  3. Check Yes to authorize the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide details of the minor’s tax filing information (including income, benefit, and residence information) to IRCC. By checking Yes you are also authorizing IRCC to collect the minor’s tax filing information from the CRA to help determine whether the minor meets the income tax requirement and physical presence requirement for citizenship as well as to examine the minor’s tax information in activities to support quality assurance and integrity in the citizenship program.
  4. 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.

Please note that if consent is not provided, the application will be returned as incomplete and will not be processed.

Question 7K

Answer all of the questions by checking yes or no. If you check yes for any of the questions, you must complete the Residence outside Canada form (CIT 0177) (PDF, 1.53 MB) detailing the minor’s situation. Any supporting documents should also be submitted.

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


Section 8

Question 8A-L

Certain conditions outlined in the Citizenship Act may affect a minor’s application for citizenship. Answer all of the questions by checking yes or no. For any yes responses provide details for the minor.

IRCC does not need to know if a minor has been found guilty of an offence under the Youth Criminal Justice Act if the sentence was a youth sentence and it has successfully been completed.

Note: 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 the minor from acquiring Canadian citizenship. Also, the minor’s entry to Canada and status will be verified with Immigration officials.

The minor’s fingerprints and/or court documents may be required to ensure that the minor is not prohibited under the Citizenship Act. Please do not include fingerprints and/or court documents in the application. If needed, a separate request will be sent by IRCC. The minor may also need to attend an in-person interview. If you receive a notice to appear, both you and the minor must attend the interview.

WARNING: The minors’ citizenship can be taken away (revoked) if, at the time they take the oath (required if 14 years of age or older), you or the minor knows that any of the above prohibitions apply to the minor.


Section 9

Question 9A

Check Yes or No to indicate if the person applying on behalf of the minor authorizes IRCC to disclose the minor’s name, residential address, and preferred official language to the minor’s federal Member of Parliament so that a letter of congratulations can be sent if the minor becomes a Canadian citizen.  No other information will be forwarded.

If the minor will be seeking a waiver of the signature requirement in Section 12, the minor should check N/A.

 

 

 

Question 9B

Check Yes to authorize the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to provide the minor’s “history of entries to Canada” to IRCC. By selecting Yes the applicant is also authorizing IRCC to collect the history of the minor’s “entries into Canada” from the CBSA and to use the information provided by the CBSA in order to determine the minor’s citizenship eligibility.

If No is selected, the applicant may be asked to provide additional documents related to the minor later in the process and this could delay the processing of the  application. Please do not contact the CBSA to request the minor’s “history of entries”.

If the minor will be seeking a waiver of the signature requirement in Section 12, the minor should check N/A.


Section 10

Question 10

Check the box to indicate if a minor under 14 years of age wishes to participate in a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of citizenship.  Minors under 14 years of age are not required to attend a citizenship ceremony to take the oath of citizenship. Generally, citizenship certificates are mailed to the applicant.

Note: Minors aged 14 and over must take the oath of citizenship.


Section 11

Question 11

If the minor appoints an individual, firm or organization as their representative, the applicant must complete the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476). Note that once the minor appoints a representative, we will send all correspondence about the application to them and not to you or the minor.

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

Note: The application will be returned if:

  • You or the minor have appointed an individual, firm or organization as the minor’s representative and the Use of a Representative Form (IMM 5476) was not submitted with the application or it’s incomplete
  • You or the minor appoint a compensated representative who is not:
    • a member of the designated body (consultant who is in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council ([ICCRC]);
    • a lawyer or paralegal who is a member in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society or a student-at-law under their supervision; or
    • a notary who is a member in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec or a student-at-law under their supervision.

Section 12

Question 12

The person applying on behalf of the minor (i.e. the person who checked question 1A stating that they have custody of the minor, or are empowered to act on behalf of the minor by virtue of a court order or written agreement or by operation of law) must sign the application.  Please sign the application form with the signature you currently use on other official documents.

Minor applicants between the ages of 14 and 17 years of age must also sign the application.

If the minor is requesting a waiver of the requirement for a person with custody of the minor or who is empowered to act on the minor’s behalf to make the application, the minor must check the box under the signature box declaring that they cannot obtain the necessary signature of the person who can make the application, and are therefore requesting a waiver of this requirement.

When this box is checked, we will consider the request and may ask for supporting documents or evidence to support the decision to be taken on the minor’s waiver request.

Please date the application on the date you sign the application form and are ready to submit it to us.  The signatures and dates on the application form must be the same as the signatures and dates used on the online physical presence calculator.

Note: The application will be returned if the form 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.

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



Note

Photographs

You must:

  • provide two (2) identical citizenship photographs;
  • print the Citizenship Photo Specifications page and take it to the photographer to make sure you get the correct size photo;
  • follow the steps explained on the form; and
  • not staple, glue or otherwise attach the photo directly to the application.

Your application will be returned to you if you do not include the 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 (if they’re not a certified translator); 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.

If the translation is not done by a certified translator (a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial association of translators and interpreters in Canada), you must submit an affidavit swearing to the accuracy of the translation and the language proficiency of the translator.

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.

Translators who are certified in Canada don’t need to supply an affidavit.

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 a minor 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 the applications together in one envelope. The applications will be processed together. We will try to schedule the family members together for the ceremony, but sometimes, it may not be possible.

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 $100 for each applicant under 18 years of age applying for Canadian citizenship.

Calculating your fees

If more than one member of the family is applying for Canadian citizenship (for example, minor siblings applying together), please pay the fees all together.

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

Application (per person) $CAN

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: $100 for each minor applicant.

You cannot get a refund of your processing fee once we start processing your application, even if you are refused.

If you’re sending more than one application

If you are sending more than one application (for example, applications for family members), you may send one receipt to cover all applications. If you do provide one receipt, you must send that receipt along with all of the applications together in one envelope so that they can be processed at the same time.

Note: If you’re sending more than one application (for example, family members), and one of the applications is incomplete, all the applications will be returned to you.

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.


How to pay the fees for your application

To pay your fees for your application you’ll need:

  • a valid email address;
  • access to a printer (you’ll need to print the receipt), and
  • a credit card or Canadian debit card.

Visit the link below and follow these instructions to pay:

  • Go to Online Payment.
  • Follow the online instructions.
    • At the end, click on the button to print the IRCC official receipt with barcode. Print two copies.
  • Attach a copy of this receipt to your completed application.
    • Keep the second copy of the receipt for your records.

stop sign hand Do not exit without printing the receipt! The printed receipt is your proof of payment!


Step 6. – Submit your application

Send your completed application to:

Regular Mail Address

Case Processing Centre-Sydney
P.O. Box 7000
SYDNEY, NS
B1P 6V6

Courier Address

Case Processing Centre-Sydney
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5Z2

Include all family members’ (including siblings) applications in the same envelope as your application.

Step 7 – Processing your application

Phase – Application review and file creation

In cases where a minor has made a waiver request in Section 12 of the application form, The Case Management Branch will make a decision on the request. This decision will determine if the application can continue to be processed.

The Case Processing Centre in Sydney makes sure the application

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

You will get:

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

Your application will be returned if:

  • it doesn’t meet the minimum processing requirements
  • doesn’t include the correct fee payment
  • isn’t complete

We’ll send you a letter that explains why your application is incomplete and what the next steps are.

The letter will tell you

Be sure to check the Document Checklist [CIT 0560] (PDF, 761.51KB). Once you get the information we ask for in the letter, resubmit your complete application.

Processing starts once we receive a completed application.

Phase – Decision

  • The application is sent to the IRCC office nearest to your home for further processing. Generally, applications for minors under 14 years of age are processed at the CPC in Sydney.
  • The IRCC office completes the steps necessary for a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge to make a decision on the application.
  • The applicant and person applying on their behalf may be asked to come to the IRCC office for an interview to:
    • Review the original documents submitted in support of the application,
    • all passports and travel documents for the five (5) year eligibility period or since the minor became a permanent resident.
  • The minor and the authorized person who applied on their behalf must both attend the interview if invited by the IRCC office.

Correspondence you may receive:

  • Notice to appear to take the oath of citizenship;
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship received at the ceremony after taking the oath of citizenship;
  • Notice of a negative decision of the minor’s request to waive the requirement that the application be made by a person with custody/empowered to act on behalf of the minor;
  • Notice to appear for an interview with a citizenship official; and/or,
  • Notice to appear for a hearing with a citizenship officer or a citizenship judge.

Quality Assurance Program

Our quality assurance program randomly chooses applications for a special review. If chosen, 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.

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

Note: The minor and the authorized person who applied on their behalf must both attend the interview.


Step 8 - Ceremony

If, up until this point, the minor meets all the requirements for citizenship, and is 14 years of age or older, the final requirement is to take the oath of citizenship to become a Canadian citizen!

Minors 14 years of age and older 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, the minor will receive their Certificate of Canadian Citizenship.

Minors under 14 years of age are not required to attend a citizenship ceremony to take the oath of citizenship and as long as they meet all the requirements a citizenship certificates are mailed to the applicant. However, if a minor under 14 years of age wishes to participate in a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of citizenship, please check the box in question 10 on the application form.


For more information

Current processing times

You can check current processing times on the 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.

Checking application status

You can check the status of the minor’s application online. The status will only appear online once we receive and have accepted the minor’s application into processing.

Find out how to remove the minor's 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.

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


Appendix A

Name change

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 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 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: 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: 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: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.

 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 [CIT 0404] (PDF, 1.52 MB) with your application.

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