Changes to citizenship rules and requirements

The Citizenship Act defines

  • who is Canadian
  • what you need to become a Canadian

We’ve made changes to

  • what you need to apply for citizenship
  • the rules about who is or isn’t a Canadian citizen

Services and information

Changes to rules in 2020

Who can pass down their Canadian citizenship

Changes to requirements 2017 to 2018

How long you need to be in Canada, language requirements, citizenship test and filing taxes

Changes to rules 2009 to 2015

How citizenship is passed down from parents

Are you already a Canadian citizen?

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Become a Canadian citizen

Find out if you can apply for citizenship, how to apply and what to do after you apply


Help Centre

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Discover Canada

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