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A Canadian Citizen is a person who possesses Canadian citizenship by birth or through the naturalization process under the Canadian Citizenship Act.      The Act specifically provides that a naturalized citizen is entitled to all the rights, powers and privileges, and is subject to all the obligations, duties and liabilities, of a citizen who was born in Canada. The Act further states that a Canadian citizen by naturalization has the same status as a Canadian citizen by birth. Thus, a naturalized citizen gains the right to vote in and run as a candidate for federal and provincial elections, the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada, the right to certain minority educational language rights, and the right for a Canadian passport.

As of June 11, 2015, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the new regulatory body for citizenship consultants. Only members of the ICCRC, lawyers or notaries can be paid to provide citizenship applicants with representation or advice.

If you are a Permanent Resident, 18 years of age and older, to qualify for Canadian citizenship, you must:


      (Figures below are subject to change...) 

  1. have been physically present in Canada for at least 1460 days (49 months approx.) during the 6 years prior to application, but with at least 183 days (7 months approx. ) in each of the 4 calendar years within the qualifying period. This is aimed to ensure that applicants develop a strong attachment to Canada.
  2. have met any applicable requirement under the Income Tax Act to file income taxes for any 4 taxation years that they are fully or partially within the 6 years immediately before the application.  
  3. intend to reside in Canada, to work outside Canada in or with, or to accompany certain family members employed in or with the Canadian Armed Forces, the federal public administration or the public service of a province outside Canada. 
  4. be able to communicate (speak and understand) in English or French, except not required for 65 years of age or older.
  5. be able to demonstrate, in English or French, knowledge about Canada and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, except not required for 65 years of age or older.
  6. have no criminal record or charges in or outside Canada, no immigration removal order, no Canadian citizenship revoked, and no other inadmissibility issues.    
  7. Federal application fee ($650 adult, $100 child under 18 years old)
  8. CSICo professional service retainer fee ($200)
  9. Personal documents preparation (depends on applicant's submission time)
  10. Citizenship processing time (12 months, approx.)

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