In order to apply for Canadian citizenship, the following requirements must be established:
- Age: You must be at least eighteen (18) years or older.
- Permanent resident status: You must have permanent resident status in Canada.
- Residency requirement: You must have physically lived in Canada, as a permanent resident, for a minimum duration of four (4) years (1,460 days) in the 6-year period preceding the application, and for at least 183 days during each of the four years. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 18.
- Income tax filing: You must have filed your personal income tax in the four tax years within the six-year period preceding the application.
- Official language skills: Applicants aged between 12-64 must demonstrate minimum language skills (CLB 4 in speaking and listening or academic documentation proving secondary or post-secondary school was in English or French).
- Pass the Citizenship test (only 14-64 years old).
- To apply for children under the age of 18; parents or legal guardians must make the application and one parent must be a Canadian citizen or who is in the process of applying for citizenship at the same time.
The Canadian citizenship application requirements are expected to undergo changes in the near future, with new legislation currently under review. Some of the upcoming changes include: inclusion of residence as a temporary resident in calculating the residency requirement; lowering the age cutoff line required to demonstrate the official language skills; and the removal of the requirement of intent to reside in Canada.
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