Guide CIT 0531 – Application for Canadian citizenship – Adults – Canadian Armed Forces under subsection 5(1.2) or 5(1.3)

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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.


Overview

Application package

This application package has:

  • an instruction guide, and
  • the forms you need to fill out.

The instruction guide:

  • has information you must know before you submit your application, and
  • explains how to fill out the forms and gather your supporting documents.

Read the instruction guide completely and then fill out each of the applicable forms.

The forms are designed with questions that will help the processing of your application.


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What you must do to have your application processed.
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Important information that you need to know to avoid delays or other problems.

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Note: Tips that will help you with this application.

Before you apply

Who may use this application?

  • persons aged 18 years of age or older
  • persons having met the service requirements in, or with, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF):
    • permanent residents (landed immigrants) of Canada who are, or were, serving in the CAF and who were honourably released, or
    • non-permanent residents who are, or were, attached or seconded to the CAF

Note: If you were released other than honourably from the Canadian Armed Forces, you are not eligible to apply under the Canadian Armed Forces application form. Consider applying under the Application for Canadian Citizenship under Subsection 5(1) – Adults if you meet the requirements for citizenship.


Citizenship service requirements

The Citizenship Act provides for an expedited access to citizenship for persons who are serving in, or have served in, the Canadian Armed Forces. The Act requires a person to have completed three (3) years of service in the six (6) years immediately before the date of the application.


What are the other requirements for citizenship?

You must:

  • have met any applicable requirement under the Income Tax Act to file income taxes for three (3) taxation years that are fully or partially within the six (6) years immediately before you apply;

    Note: You need to meet this requirement if you are a permanent resident. If you are not a permanent resident, this requirement does not apply to you.

  • have adequate knowledge of one of the official languages of Canada;

    Note: You need to submit language proof with your application.

  • have adequate knowledge of:
    • Canada’s history,
    • geography,
    • government, and
    • the rights and responsibilities of citizenship

    Note: You will need to pass a written and/or oral knowledge test

    Note: Persons 55 years of age and over at the time of their application are not required to meet the language and knowledge requirements.

If you can’t demonstrate you meet the language or knowledge requirements due to a medical condition, submit supporting evidence with your application. The supporting documents help us understand your situation.  We will return your application if you don’t submit this supporting evidence.

If you are a permanent resident and have any outstanding terms and conditions linked to your Permanent Resident status, you may not be eligible for citizenship. For example, some new permanent residents are required to undergo medical screening after they arrive in Canada. Before applying for citizenship, you should review the documents provided to you when you first came to live in Canada as a permanent resident to ensure that you have met all of your terms and conditions.

You must not:

  • be subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act (see section 8 of the application form CIT 0532), and/or
  • be under a removal order (asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada).

Family applications

If more than one member of your family is applying for Canadian citizenship, send all the applications together in the same envelope. The applications will be processed together. If one or more family members’ applications are incomplete, ALL of the applications will be returned to you. Each family member applying must meet the requirements for citizenship based on the application type they submit.

If your spouse or common-law partner who is not a member of the Canadian Armed Forces wishes to apply for Canadian citizenship

To apply for Canadian citizenship for your child


Possible loss of other citizenship

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


Step 1. Gather documents

What documents are required?

The table below outlines the documents that you need to include with your application. Refer to the Document Checklist (CIT 0172) (PDF, 312.9KB) to assist you in gathering the necessary documentation.

If any of the required documents are missing, or photocopies are not clear, your application will be returned to you.

Additional documents may be required during the processing of your application.

1. Language requirements

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.

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.

Canadian Language Benchmark/ Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiensFootnote 1 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
  1. Results from a third-party language test. Your language test result must be equal to the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB/NCLC)footnote 1 level 4 or higher in speaking and listening skills. If you did the test in the past for immigration purposes or citizenship purposes, we will accept the results even if it has expired. Examples of third-party tests include:
    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General test (CELPIP-G), (not the academic version) You must have achieved a score of:
      • 2H or higher (3L, 3H, 4L, 4H, 5 or 6) in speaking and listening; or
      • CELPIP-General LS – a two-skills (listening and speaking) version of the CELPIP general test You must have achieved a score of:2H or higher (3L, 3H, 4L, 4H, 5 or 6) in listening and speaking; or
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), general training, not the academic version You must have achieved a score of:
      • 4.0 or higher in speaking, and
      • 4.5 or higher in listening. (If the test was done before November 28, 2008, we will accept a 4 or higher); or
    • Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF), Test d’Évaluation du Français adapté au Québec (TEFAQ) or TEF épreuves orales.
      • After July 1st, 2012, you must have achieved a score of:
        • B1 or higher (B2, C1 or C2) in listening; and
        • B1 or higher (B2, C1 or C2) in speaking.
      • Before July 1st, 2012, you must have achieved a score of:
        • Level 3 or higher (4, 5 or 6) in listening; and
        • Level 3 or higher (4, 5 or 6) in speaking.
    • The following list of proof will be accepted if they have been submitted for immigration purposes to Quebec (please note that the following tests align with the Échelle Québécoise and not officially with CLB/NCLC 4):
      • DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) – All results or
      • DELF (Diplôme d’études en langue française) – B1 or higher or
      • TCF (Test de connaissance du français) – B1 or higher or
      • TCFQ (Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec) – B1 or higher
  2. You attended a secondary or post-secondary education program in English or French, either in Canada or abroad:
    • 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
      • an official translation of the original document and
      • the address and contact information (phone number) of the education institution
  3. Proof of achieving Canadian Language Benchmark/Niveau de competence linguistique canadien (CLB/NCLC) level 4 or higher in speaking and listening skills through certain government-funded language training programs are:
    • For Manitoba: Progress report from Manitoba government issued since January 2009. Ensure your report indicates speaking and listening skills are at least at “completing CLB/NCLC level 4” or higher.
    • For 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 (former department name) if:
      • The version was issued between June 1st 2011 and October 16, 2012. Ensure that your most recent assessment in “interaction orale” is level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise); or
      • The version was issued since October 16, 2012. Ensure that your most recent assessment is in “interaction orale” orcompréhension orale” (listening) and “production orale” (speaking) is level 4 or higher (Échelle Québécoise).

        Note: Bulletins with results from online FEL Francisation en ligne) classes are not acceptable for citizenship purposes, e.g. these usually have a course code B or FEL. Note that bulletins issued by the MIDI or the MICC align with the Échelle Québécoise and not officially with CLB/NCLC 4.

    • For British Columbia (BC):
      • If you received British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training in 2008 and 2009, an ELSA certificate confirming language level CLB 4 or higher.
      • If you received British Columbia’s English Language Services for Adults (ELSA) training since 2010, an ELSA report card or an ELSA certificate confirming language level CLB 4 or higher
    • For Ontario: Ontario Provincial Language Training Certificates dating from December 2013 or later, and issued by providers of the Adult Non-Credit Language Training Program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT), formerly known as the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Ensure your Ontario MCIIT Adult Non-Credit language training program certificate indicates achievement of level CLB/NCLC 4 or higher, in speaking and listening. These certificates must be for:
      • English as a Second Language (ESL) / Anglais langue seconde (ALS)
      • French as a Second Language (FSL) / Français langue seconde (FLS)
      • Citizenship and Language Training (CL) / Instruction civique et enseignement de la langue (ICEL)
    • For Nova Scotia: Submit a copy of the Proficiency in English Nova Scotia (PENS) learner certificate. It must show that your speaking and listening skills are at CLB level 4 or higher.
    • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC or CLIC): Check the box if you successfully completed the course at CLB4/NCLC 4 or higher from January 2008 to October 31, 2012, and provide a copy of the certificate if available. If you successfully completed the LINC or CLIC course since November 1, 2012, a certificate will be provided to you. A copy of this certificate is required. Note that completion of LINC or CLIC before 2008 does not qualify for proof of language ability.

If you are deaf and are unable to provide upfront proof of language ability for citizenship (as described above under points 1 to 3), you must provide supporting evidence to assist decision makers in understanding your condition. The accepted supporting evidence is an audiogram issued by a Canadian audiologist, with a letter issued by the same audiologist attesting that you are deaf and have severe to profound hearing loss, with little or no residual hearing, including an explanation as to whether, and to what extent this impacts your ability to listen and/or speak.

If you have a disorder, disability or condition that is cognitive, psychiatric or psychological in nature which prevents you from submitting upfront proof of language ability for citizenship, you must provide supporting documentary evidence to assist decision makers in understanding your condition.

Format: Clear and legible photocopy. Must be in English or French. Foreign diplomas, certificates or transcripts must be translated if they are not in English or French. (see note above in section 2).

2. Biographical page of Passport(s)/Travel Document(s)

The biographical page means the page where it has your name, photo, passport/travel document no., issue date and expiration date.

Provide photocopies of the biographical pages of your current passport and/or travel document.

Also, provide photocopies of any renewal pages of the passport(s)/travel document(s).

Note: If any of these documents are no longer in your possession please explain why.

Format: Clear and legible photocopy

3. Evidence of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces

Evidence of service in the CAF means the documents below that IRCC and the CAF have agreed are available to persons serving in or with the CAF.

If you are currently serving in the CAF, provide:

  • a letter from your Commanding Officer that outlines your service history; and
  • a photocopy of your Member’s Personnel Record Resume (MPRR).

If you have been released from the CAF, provide:

  • a photocopy of your MPRR; and
  • a photocopy of your Certificate of Service.

If you are attached or seconded to the CAF, provide:

  • a letter from your Commanding Officer that outlines your service history; and
  • a photocopy of your instructions/orders supporting attachment/secondment.

If you were previously attached or seconded to the CAF, provide:

  • a photocopy of your instructions/orders supporting attachment/secondment.

The letter from your Commanding Officer must:

  • be on official letterhead;
  • state the date you enrolled in, or were attached or seconded to, the CAF;
  • state the number of years and/or days of service; and
  • include the Commanding Officer’s phone number and email address for verification.

Note: if you have non-consecutive periods of service, please provide separate documents to confirm each period of service.

4. Two (2) pieces of personal identification

Both pieces of identification should show your name and date of birth, one of which must have your photo on it.

Examples include:

  • a Canadian driver’s licence
  • a copy of the biographical page of your passport/travel document
  • military identification
  • a foreign national identity document (for non-permanent residents only), etc.

If there is information on both sides of your personal identification documents, provide a photocopy of both sides.

Note: Permanent Resident cards, Social Insurance Number (SIN) cards, bank cards and credit cards are not acceptable pieces of identification.

Format: Clear and legible photocopy

5. Payment receipt

blue question markFor more information. See Step 3. Pay the Fees

Receipt showing total payment of application fees for individual or family members applying together.

6. Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) (as required)

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

Format: Original

7. Additional documents (as required)

Possible documents are:

  • translations of documents that are not in English or French
  • supporting documents to prove a name change
  • supporting documents to prove a date of birth correction

Format: Clear and legible photocopy


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.


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

exclmation markImportant 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.

blue question markFor 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).


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 [IRM 0002] (PDF, 1.79 MB) with your application.


Quebec government documents

The following documents issued by the government of Quebec before January 1, 1994 are not acceptable documents in support of an application for a citizenship certificate.

  • baptismal certificates;
  • birth certificates; and
  • marriage certificates.

For more information. If you are currently in possession of one of these certificates you must obtain a new document by contacting the office of the Directeur de l’état civil du Québec



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.



Citizenship photos

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.


Step 2. Complete the application

Filling out the application

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to complete the application form.

The following are the forms that must be filled out and submitted:

Optional:

Note: The information you provide on your application and supporting documents may be subject to verification. Throughout the application process, if you or someone on your behalf provides any misleading or fraudulent information or withholds any information that could cause an error in the administration of the Citizenship Act, you could be charged with an offence under the Citizenship Act, your application for citizenship could be refused, and you could be prohibited from reapplying for citizenship for five (5) years.


Be complete and accurate


Note

Complete all sections. If any section is not applicable to you, write “N/A” (“Not applicable”). If your application is incomplete it will be returned to you.

Note: If you need more space for any section, use an extra sheet of paper and indicate the number and/or letter of the section you are completing and submit it along with your application.


Section 1

Question 1A

What is your preferred language for correspondence and interview? English or French?

Question 1B

Check the box to indicate if you have 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.)
  • visually impaired (for example, the study guide is available in large print, audio version or Braille)

Note: It is important to provide the information if you need assistance in order for IRCC to make the necessary arrangements to accommodate you.


Section 2

Question 2
Have you applied for Canadian Citizenship before? If yes, write the year when you last applied.

Section 3

Question 3A

Copy the Client ID# or Unique Client Identifier (UCI) exactly as it appears on your most recent immigration document. Immigration documents include:

  • Work permit (IMM 1102 or IMM1442B
  • Permanent Resident Card (PR Card)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
  • 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: W012 345 678)
Question 3B

Write your last name (surname/family name) and given name(s) exactly as they appear on your immigration document. If your name was shortened (truncated) on the immigration document, it will appear in full length on your citizenship certificate, up to 50 characters for the family name(s) and 50 characters for the given name(s).

Question 3C

Write your current last name (surname/family name) and given name(s), if different from question 3B.

important informationImportant information: You must provide supporting documents for any change in your name. See: “Name Change” in the Gather Documents section.

Question 3D

Write if you:

  • have used another name in the past (such as your birth name, married name), or
  • are known by a name other than the one you listed above (such as a nickname or community name).

Section 4

Question 4A

Write your:

  • date of birth exactly as it appears on your immigration document (examples are noted in Question 3A above), and
  • place of birth, including the city or town and country.

Are you requesting a different date of birth on your citizenship certificate?

If yes, see Date of birth correction section in this guide in Gather Documents.

Note: A request for a different date of birth is subject to approval by IRCC.

Question 4B

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 centimeters or feet/inches
  • eye colour, and
  • legal marital status.

important informationImportant information: This information must be completed for our records. Gender, eye colour and height will be shown on your citizenship certificate.


Section 5

Question 5A

Write your current home address, complete with:

  • street address
  • city or town
  • province or territory
  • postal code
Question 5B

Complete if mailing address is different from home address.

If the mailing address is that of a representative, you must indicate their mailing address(es) in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.

Question 5C

List the telephone number(s) where you can be reached.

Question 5D

Write how long you have lived at your current home address.

Question 5E

Indicate your email address using this format (if applicable): name@provider.net

If you provide your email address, IRCC may correspond with you about your application via email if necessary.

If the email address is that of a representative, you must indicate their e mail address in this section and complete the IMM 5476 form.


Section 6

Question 6A

Check the box to indicate if you are a permanent resident (landed immigrant). If yes, write the date when you became a permanent resident (landed immigrant).

To find this date, refer to your:

  • Record of Landing – IMM 1000
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence – IMM 5292
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence – IMM 5688
  • Permanent Resident Card

Your entry to Canada and your status will be verified by Canadian officials.

If conditions were imposed at the time you were granted permanent resident status that you have not complied with, you should contact your local IRCC office to clarify this situation before applying for citizenship. You cannot be granted citizenship if you have unfulfilled (outstanding) conditions relating to your status as a permanent resident.

Question 6B

Write the date when you first came to Canada to live.

Question 6C

List all countries of which you are a citizen.

Question 6D

Write if you are a permanent resident (or the equivalent) of any country other than Canada.

If yes, list the country (countries) and the date(s) you obtained this status.

Question 6E

Write all your Canadian addresses for the six (6) years immediately before the date of your application, including the postal codes.

If you were residing, employed or attending school outside Canada, you must also list all your foreign addresses, including the postal codes.

Question 6F
  1. Check the box to indicate if you are or were enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces during the six (6) years immediately before the date of your application. If yes, provide the details.
  2. Check the box to indicate if you are or were attached or seconded to the Canadian Armed Forces during the six (6) years immediately before the date of your application. If yes, provide the details.
  3. Check the box to indicate if you were released from the Canadian Armed Forces during the six (6) years immediately before the date of your application. If yes, provide the date of release and check the box to indicate the category of release.

    Note: Categories of release must be either

Question 6G

Under the Income Tax Act

  • you may need to file income tax returns for 3 taxation years
  • these 3 years must be fully or partially within the 6 years before you apply for citizenship

Find out if you need to file your taxes

Check the box to indicate if you have a social insurance number (SIN), a temporary tax number (TTN) or an individual tax number (ITN).

If you check “Yes”

  • Provide the most recent number that you used to file your income taxes (SIN, TTN or ITN).
  • For the past 6 taxation years
    • write the years for which you needed to file personal income taxes
    • under Required to file column
    • under Taxes filed column
      • check “Yes” if you filed a tax return that year
      • check “No” if you didn’t file a tax return that year

With your consent, we’ll

  • share your income tax filing information with the CRA
  • use this information to check if you meet the income tax filing and physical presence requirements of the Citizenship Act

If you don’t provide your consent, we’ll return your application to you without processing it.

If you check “No”

You’re declaring that you don’t have a SIN, TTN or ITN.

To check your personal tax information, you may refer to the CRA’s My Account online.


Section 7

Question 7A
Check which type of language proof you are submitting. See Language Proof section in this guide in “Step. 1 Gather Documents”
Question 7B
Check the box to indicate if you are deaf and whether this affects your ability to submit proof of language ability. You must submit supporting documentary evidence to assist decision makers in understanding the basis of your claim. See Language Proof section in this guide in “Step. 1 Gather Documents”.
Question 7C
Check the box to indicate if you have a disorder, disability or condition, that is cognitive, psychiatric or psychological in nature which affects your ability to submit proof of language ability. You must submit supporting documentary evidence to assist decision makers in understanding the basis of your claim.

Section 8

Question 8A-J

Answer all of the questions by checking yes or no. For any yes responses provide details and if applicable, attach court documents.

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 you from acquiring Canadian citizenship.

You may be required to provide fingerprints and/or court documents to ensure that you are not prohibited under the Citizenship Act.


Section 9

Question 9A

Check whether you authorize IRCC to provide your name, address and preferred official language to your federal Member of Parliament so that they can send you a letter of congratulations if you become a Canadian citizen.

Question 9B

Check either Yes or No to indicate whether or not you authorize IRCC to provide your name, residential and mailing address, gender, date of birth, Unique Client Identifier (UCI) and the date your citizenship was granted to Elections Canada in order to add you to the National Register of Electors (the Register). 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 referendum to produce voters’ 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 at Elections Canada. You can also call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.
Question 9C

If you are 18 years or older and reside in Québec, indicate whether you authorize IRCC to provide your name, residential address and the date at which you started to reside at that address, gender, date of birth, your Unique Client Identifier (UCI) and the date your citizenship was granted to the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec so that your name can be added to the Permanent List of Electors (voters) if you become a Canadian citizen.

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

The Election Act 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 this authorization, you will still be able to vote, but you will have to go to the revision office and present two supporting documents to register your name on the list of electors to be able to vote in a provincial, municipal or school election.

Question 9D

Check Yes box to authorize IRCC to contact the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) or the Department of National Defence (DND) to verify the details of your service and to use the information to determine your citizenship eligibility. By selecting Yes you are also authorising the CAF or the DND to provide the details of your service to IRCC.

Question 9E

Subsection 8(1) of the Privacy Act and paragraph 241(5)(b) of the Income Tax Act allows the CRA to provide personal information to IRCC, with the consent of the relevant individuals.

This consent is required under paragraph 2(2)(d) of the Citizenship Regulations.

Check Yes box to authorize the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to provide details of your tax filing information to IRCC. By selecting Yes you are also authorizing IRCC to collect your tax filing information from the CRA in order to determine whether you meet the income tax requirement for citizenship.

Question 9F

This section is to be completed ONLY if you successfully completed LINC/CLIC language training program at CLB/NCLC 4 from January 2008-October 2012 and you have no certificate available.

Check Yes box to authorize IRCC to access your LINC/CLIC results in order to determine your citizenship eligibility.

If you choose No, you will be required to submit alternate acceptable proof of language ability with your application.


Section 10

Question 10

If you appoint this person, firm or organization as your representative, you must complete the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) (PDF, 648.31KB). Note that once you appoint a representative, all correspondence from IRCC regarding your application will be directed to them and not to you.

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


Section 11

Question 11

Sign and date the application form with the signature you currently use on other official documents.

Note: Your application will be returned to you if:

  • the form is not signed and dated,
  • stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before IRCC receives it),
  • post-dated (dated into the future).

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

Note: Your application will be returned to you if:

  • You have appointed an individual, firm or organization as your representative and you did not submit the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) with your application or the form you submitted is incomplete.
  • You appoint a compensated representative who is not:
    • a member of the designated body (a 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 and 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.

Step 3. Pay the fees

Your fees

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

Use the table below to calculate the total amount of fees to be paid. The fee payment receipt must be included with this application.

Application per person $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 adult and $100 for each minor

Non-refundable once processing has begun, regardless of the final decision.

Right of Citizenship Fee

Amount: $100 for each adult applicant

Refundable if your application is refused.

The $100 Right of Citizenship Fee is in addition to the Processing Fee of $100 for a total of $200.

Note: We will issue the refund to the person indicated on the Payer Information section of the receipt. If there is no name indicated 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 (If a receipt is attached to a paper application or uploaded as part of an online application). If you paid directly within an online application (no receipt attached), or 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!


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Note 

The only acceptable form of payment is online payment. If you send any other form of payment, IRCC will return your application.


Step 3. Mail the application

Where to mail the application

Mail your completed application in a stamped envelope to the address shown below:

Affix sufficient postage (top right of the envelope)
Sender (top left of the envelope)
(Your name)
(Your Address)
(Your Postal Code)
Recipient (centre of the envelope)
IRCC Case Processing Centre
CAF – Citizenship
P.O. Box 8200
SYDNEY, NS
B1P 0G7

Courier address:
IRCC Case Processing Centre
CAF - Citizenship
49 Dorchester Street
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 5Z2


If you are 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. Mail the receipt (if applicable) and all applications together in one envelope so that they will be processed together.

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


Reminders…

Note: Make sure to use the Document Checklist and include it with your application
Here are some reminders to avoid your application being returned to you:

  • You must be eligible for citizenship the day before you sign the application.
  • You have answered all questions on the form or wrote “N/A” (Not applicable) for any question or section that is not applicable to you.
  • You have signed and dated the form. Make sure before you send it that it is not stale-dated (dated more than 90 days before IRCC receives it) or it is post-dated (dated into the future).
  • You have included photocopies of additional documents (if applicable) such as: Evidence of Service; Language proof; Biographical and renewal pages of passports and/or travel documents; Court documents.
  • You have included photocopies of both sides of two (2) pieces of personal identification, one of which must have your photo on it.
  • You have included two (2) photos according to the citizenship application photograph specification.
  • You have included proof of payment and exact fees.
  • You have included original translation and an affidavit by the translator for any documents that are not in English or French.
  • You have included the Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476), if you have appointed someone to act as your representative.

What happens next

The Citizenship process

The list below presents the phases of the Citizenship process of a routine application. In some cases, processing may take longer.

Phase – Application Review & File Creation

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

  • meets the minimum processing requirements;
  • includes all the required documents;
  • that the appropriate fee payment has been made.

If your application is complete, processing starts.

What you receive:

If your application does not meet the initial processing requirements, does not include the appropriate fee payment, or is not complete, it will be returned to you.

Phase – Decision

  • The CPC sends your application to the IRCC office nearest to your home for further processing.
  • The IRCC office completes the steps necessary for a decision to be made on your application.
  • You will be asked to come to the IRCC office for a review of the original documents you submitted in support of your application, as well as your current passport and travel document. If applicable, you will be evaluated on your knowledge of English or French and on your knowledge of Canada’s history, geography, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

What you receive:

  • Notification to appear to take a citizenship test and/or
  • Notification to appear for an interview with a citizenship official and/or
  • Notification to appear for a hearing with a citizenship official

Phase – Ceremony

If you meet all the requirements for citizenship, the IRCC office notifies you by mail of the time and place of your citizenship ceremony.

What you receive:

  • Notification to appear to take the oath of citizenship
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship received at the ceremony after taking the oath of citizenship


For more information

Current processing times

You can check current processing times on the Application processing times webpage.



Important information

Updating your contact information

During the application process, you must advise us of any change of address or telephone number by:


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 Citizenship and Immigration 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 subsections 5(1.2) of the Citizenship Act, subsection 26.6 of the Citizenship Regulations and paragraph 2(2)(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(1.2) 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.


What you should be doing now

During the processing period, if you are between the ages of 18 and 64, you should

  • prepare for the citizenship test and/or interview on Canada’s history, geography, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship based on the study guide and
  • continue to maintain and improve your English or French if necessary.

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.



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If you need help, you can find answers to your questions by visiting the Help Centre.

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