Canadian Citizen Application

Canadian Citizenship is not a right, it’s a privilege. Canada is a very generous country, a country that actively encourages immigrants to take citizenship and universally grants it after three years residency. Becoming a Canadian Citizen brings with it some rights and responsibilities that every citizen must comply and abide by. These come to us from our history, are secured by Canadian law, and reflect our shared traditions, identity, and values. This as a whole is defined under Canadian Constitution as known as “Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms”.  

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms sets out those rights and freedoms that Canadians believe are necessary in a free and democratic society. The Charter is one part of the Canadian Constitution. The Constitution is a set of laws containing the basic rules about how our country operates. Some of the fundamental rights and responsibilities a Canadian citizen must comply, which are defined in the charter includes:

  • Obeying the law,
  • Taking responsibility for oneself and one’s family,
  • Serving on a jury,
  • Voting in elections,
  • Helping others in the community,
  • Protecting and enjoying Canadian heritage and environment.

Once a Canadian citizen complies with these fundamental rights, they can exercise, enjoy and live freely a peaceful life with their families. Generally, anyone who is born in Canada has a right andis automatically granted Canadian citizenship. In certain situations, a person who was not born in Canada can apply for a certificate of citizenship showing that he or she derived citizenship atbirth from a Canadian citizen living in Canada or abroad. In contrast, people living in Canada and wanting to acquire Canadian citizenship can do so in a number of ways.

To be eligible for applying Canadian citizenship, an applicant must:

  • Be a permanent resident,
  • Have lived in Canada for at least 3 out of the last 5 years (1,095 days),
  • Have regularly filed their taxes,
  • Pass a citizenship test,
  • Prove language proficiency skills in one of Canada’s official languages (English or French).

You may contact our office if you need help or have any questions on eligibility criteria and/or how to apply. Our team of citizenship experts will assess your case, determine your eligibility, assist you with your citizenship application and/or provide recommendations of the best measures you should take to obtain Canadian citizenship.