Getting Your Citizenship

Read the information below to learn about the Canadian citizenship application process. You can also contact your local settlement worker if you have questions about applying for your citizenship.

To make sure that you are not already a Canadian Citizen use the Am I a Canadian Citizen tool that is found here on the IRCC website.

Now that you know you are not already a Canadian Citizen read the information below to; find out if you are eligible to apply for citizenship, what you will need for your citizenship application, some helpful tips and resources for your citizenship

Are You Eligible to Apply for Citizenship?

To be eligible to apply for your Canadian Citizenship you must meet the following requirements;

  1. be a permanent resident of Canada
  2. have lived in Canada for 1095 days in the last 5 years, some time as a temporary resident may be eligible
  3. have filed your taxes every year you lived in Canada
  4. plan to stay in Canada during the application process
  5. speak and understand English or French
  6. know about Canadian history, values, institutions, and symbols
  7. not have a criminal record

If you meet all these requirements you are eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship. You can find more information about Canadian Citizenship eligibility by clicking here.

Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Once you have decided to apply for your Canadian Citizenship follow the steps below to complete your application.

First you should fill out the Application for Canadian Citizenship form.

You should then gather all the documents you will need for your application. These include;

  1. Print out of your completed on-line Physical Presence Calculation
  2. Photocopy of Permanent Resident card (front and back)
  3. Photocopy of your proof of language
  4. Photocopy of your passports from the 5 year period before you apply
  5. Photocopy of another piece of ID such as your driver’s license, MSP card, passport (SIN card, credit cards and bank cards are not accepted)
  6. Police Record Check if you have accumulated 183 days presence in another country in the last 4 years
  7. 2 photographs
  8. Translations of any documents that are not English or French
  9. Completed document checklist
Useful Resources

Now that you have gathered, photocopied, and translated all your documents you can now pay the citizenship fee. The processing fee is $530 and cannot be refunded once paid and the right of citizenship fee is $100 and can be refunded if your application is refused. For more information about citizenship fees click here.  You must pay your fees online and include a print out of the receipt with your application.

Once your application is complete you can mail it to the address below.

(By regular mail Canada Post)

Case Processing Centre—Sydney

Grant Adults

P.O. Box 7000

Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1P 6V6


By courier (FedEx, UPS, etc.)

Case Processing Centre—Sydney

Grant Adults

47­–49 Dorchester Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia  B1P 5Z2

After You Have Applied

Now that you have submitted your application you can check the processing times to see about how long it will take for your application to be processed.

You will also need to start preparing for the citizenship test if you are between the ages of 18-55. All the questions on the test are from the Discover Canada guide. This is a great resource to use when studying for the test. You can also use the free online citizenship study guide to practice for the test using quizzes, flashcards, maps, questions and games.

You can access some citizenship knowledge preparation materials ‘My Canada’ from the Whistler Library website – via these pages:

If more than 3 people are accessing at the same time, you will get a message asking you to try again later. Please note, ‘My Canada’ does not currently work on an iPad (they are working to fix that).

Once your application is approved you will be sent the date and time of your test. Click here for information about what to do if you miss or are not available to take your citizenship test.

The final step to becoming a Canadian Citizen is to attend the Citizenship ceremony. At the ceremony you will take the Oath of Citizenship and receive your citizenship certificate. When you attend the ceremony you must bring your permanent residents card. If you became a permanent resident before June 28, 2002, you will also need to bring your Record of Landing.

If you have more questions about applying for your citizenship contact your local settlement worker to book an appointment.