To be eligible to apply for a Canadian citizen
- You must be a Permanent Resident
- Within 5 years of Permanent Residency, you should have lived at least 3 years in Canada.
- Have filed your taxes, at least for the past 3 years
- Need to pass Citizenship test which is based on culture, history, geography, rights, laws, government and economy
- Proof of English proficiency CLB 4 or
- Graduated from a post-secondary school in Canada
- Police Certificate may be required from your home country
Note: Physical presence during Temporary residency permit is considered for Citizenship
A permanent resident who was previously holding a temporary residence in Canada (student or worker) prior to becoming a Permanent Resident. Only half of the period will be counted towards the eligibility of Citizenship (up to 1 year).
Example: A foreign worker has worked for 2 years in Canada prior to Permanent Residency, then 1 year will be counted towards citizenship eligibility. Even though if he has worked for 3 years only 1 year will be considered and not a year and half. So, he can apply for Citizenship after completing his 2 years of stay as a Permanent Residence in Canada