To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must meet the conditions in all these areas ie.Age,Permanent resident status,Time you have lived in Canada,Language skills,Criminal history (prohibitions) and How well you know Canada.
You must be at least 18 years old to apply.To apply for citizenship for a child under 18 you must be the child’s parent, adoptive parent or legal guardian,the child must be a permanent resident, and one parent must be a Canadian citizen or apply to become a citizen at the same time (this also applies to adoptive parents).
Permanent Resident Status:
You must have permanent resident (PR) status in Canada. Your PR status must not be in question. That means you must not be under review for immigration or fraud reasons, or under a removal order (an order from Canadian officials to leave Canada).
Time you have lived in Canada:
You must have resided in Canada for at least three years (1,095 days) in the past four years before you apply. This does not apply to children under 18.You may be able to count time you spent in Canada before you became a permanent resident if it was during the past four years.Use CIC online tool to find out if you have lived in Canada long enough to apply to become a citizen.
Canada has two official languages—English and French. To become a citizen, you must show that you have adequate knowledge of one of these languages.First, if you are between 18 and 54, you must send proof of your ability to speak and listen in English or French with your citizenship application. The citizenship application guide contains the type of proof CIC will accept.Second, CIC will note how well you communicate when you talk to staff or a citizenship judge interviews you. At these times, you will have to take part in short, everyday conversations about common topics understand simple instructions, questions and directions use basic grammar, including simple structures and tenses; and show that you know enough common words and phrases to answer questions and express yourself.A citizenship judge will make the final decision on your application, including how well you can communicate in English or French.
Criminal History (Prohibitions):
You cannot become a citizen if you have been convicted of an indictable (criminal) offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act in the three years before you apply , are currently charged with an offence under the Citizenship Act, are in prison, on parole or on probation,are under a removal order (Canadian officials have ordered you to leave Canada),are being investigated for, are charged with, or have been convicted of a war crime or a crime against humanity, or have had your Canadian citizenship taken away in the past five years. If you are on probation or are charged with a crime and waiting for a trial, you should wait until after the probation is done or your trial is over to apply to become a citizen.Time in prison or on parole does not count as time you have lived in Canada. Time on probation also does not count if you were convicted of a crime. If you were on probation due to a conditional discharge, that time may be counted toward the time you have lived in Canada. For details, contact the Call Centre.
How well you know Canada:
To become a citizen, you must understand the rights, responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, such as voting in elections and obeying the law. You must also show you understand Canada’s:
All you need to know is in your free study guide, Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. CIC will send you a copy of it once they get your application. The questions in the citizenship test are based on this study guide.