Citizenship refers to the legal citizenship status of a person. Canadian citizenship can be obtained by birth or by naturalization.
Naturalization is the process through which immigrants acquire Canadian citizenship. Landed immigrants who have met certain criteria are eligible for Canadian citizenship by naturalization. The criteria for acquiring citizenship generally include a residency requirement, knowledge of English or French and basic knowledge of Canada.
For many immigrants, becoming a Canadian citizen is the final step of the immigration process. Immigrants affirm their allegiance to Canada, the country in which they have settled. At the same time, naturalized citizens have rights, such as the right to vote and to hold public office that are not available to non-citizens.
We assist you in determining your eligibility to become a Canadian citizen and to apply for citizenship.