To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:
Permanent resident Status
Regardless of your age, if you’re applying for citizenship, you must have Permanent Resident (PR) status in Canada.
This means you meet all conditions for a PR and must not be:
Canada has two official languages: English and French. If you’re 18 to 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you must show that you can speak and listen at a specific level in one of these languages.
The ways your language skills in English or French are measured include:
To become a citizen, you need to meet the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 4 or higher.
This means you can:
Time you have lived in Canada
Adults and some minors must have been physically present in Canada for at least 1095 days during the five years right before the date you sign your application.
Income Tax Filing
Regardless of your age, if required under the Income Tax Act, you must meet your personal income tax filing obligations in three tax years that are fully or partially within the five years right before the date you apply.
How well you know Canada
If you’re 18 to 54 years of age on the day you sign your application, you need to take the citizenship test. You’ll need to answer questions about the rights and responsibilities of Canadians and Canada’s: