Individuals who are applying for Canadian Citizenship must meet certain eligibility criteria, submit an application and write a test. The test is based on knowledge of English and French, and general knowledge on Canada’s history, geography, economy, and political system.
The applicant must be qualified and get the necessary number of days (lived in Canada as a Permanent Resident for at least 1,095 days out of the 5 years) before applying for citizenship. If otherwise, the applicant might not be eligible and there is no refund of the application fees.
Subject to the Canadian Citizenship Act of 1977, an individual is deemed a Canadian citizen if they were:
- Born in Canada after 15 February 1977, when the new citizenship act came into force
- Born outside of Canada at the time of his/her birth after 14 February 1977.
- Having one of his/her parents, or other than a parent who adopted him/her, who is a citizen of Canada
- Having Acquired Citizenship or Citizenship that’s been allowed
- Having Dual Citizenship permitted by Canada. However, not all countries permit their citizens to hold Canadian citizenship, if they are a citizen of that country and also a Canadian citizen.