To become a Canadian citizen is to reach the finish line of the immigration process. There are many benefits to becoming a Canadian citizen including having the ability to vote, eliminating the need to renew your permanent residency card, and of course, to hold a Canadian passport.
Citizenship is a commendable milestone and truly gives new meaning to be called a Canadian. The process to apply for citizenship is less complex than other immigration pathways, and is also much more affordable in comparison. As the citizenship rules have changed over the past years, we recommend that you apply for citizenship as soon you are eligible.
Who can apply for citizenship?
To be eligible for Canadian citizenship, you must be a permanent resident of Canada and have met the physical presence requirements of being physically in Canada for at least 1,095 days within the last 5 years.
What is the processing time?
Processing times will vary, but on average, the government quotes 18-24 months, including writing the citizenship test and taking the oath of citizenship. Visit the Government of Canada website to view the most up-to-date processing times.