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Canadian Citizenship

Do you wish to become a Canadian citizen and subsequently have the right to obtain a Canadian passport and be legally protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

You can become a Canadian citizen if you:
  • are born in Canada;
  • were born outside Canada to a Canadian parent (although some exceptions apply), and;
  • by naturalization (grant of Canadian citizenship).
You may be granted Canadian citizenship – by naturalization- if you:
  • are 18 years old or older (your minor dependents may also apply for and be granted citizenship);
  • are a permanent resident of Canada;
  • have been physically present in Canada for at least 1095 days* within the last four years preceding your application;
  • have a good knowledge of English and/or French;
  • have a good knowledge of Canada;
  • pass a citizenship test if you are between the ages of 18 and 54 (note: you are exempted from taking the test if you are 55 years or older), and;
  • are not prohibited from being granted citizenship because of criminal prohibitions.
How is residence calculated?
  • Each day of residence in Canada after lawful admission as a permanent resident counts as one (1) day;
  • Each day before lawful admission as a permanent resident (i.e. temporary resident) counts as one-half (1/2) day;
  • The calculation of residence cannot go beyond the four-year period before the date of your application.
*Note: You must meet the residency requirement the day BEFORE filing your citizenship application. If your application is submitted before having accumulated the minimum amount of time as a permanent resident in Canada, your application will be returned to you.

If you are an individual who is seeking to apply for Canadian citizenship and you require legal assistance with regard to your application, Attorney Melanie M. Pelletier invites you to complete a FREE ASSESSMENT*.

Once Attorney Pelletier has determined that you have a favorable chance to be granted Canadian citizenship, you will receive an agreement for professional services, by e-mail or fax.

If you are seeking professional advice and/or assistance with regard to the application process and/or the review of your application forms (before official submission to Immigration Authorities), please e-mail Attorney Melanie M. Pelletier at: info@immcanattorney.com

* Any information provided will be kept in strict confidence.