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Applying For Canadian Citizenship

Applying For Canadian CitizenshipCanadian citizenship is a status desired by many. It carries with it many rights and privileges.  One such privilege is the benefit of being issued a Canadian passport. Eastman Law Office will help you obtain Canadian citizenship.

Under Canada's current Citizenship Act and its regulations you must first meet the following several conditions when applying for Canadian citizenship:


You must be at least 18 years old to apply.

To apply for Canadian 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 status in Canada. Your Permanent Resident 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 resided in Canada

You must have resided in Canada for at least 1,460 days during the six years right before the date you sign your application and 183 days during each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years right before the date you apply.

Language abilities

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.

If you are between 18 and 54, you must send proof of your ability to speak and listen in English or French when applying for Canadian citizenship.

Criminal History

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.

Your knowledge of 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 history, values, institutions and symbols.

Our Legal Services

As your legal representative, Eastman Law Office will prepare your Citizenship application from start to finish ensuring that it is thoroughly prepared and well supported with an abundance of documentary evidence establishing that you have met all of the requirements set out in the Citizenship Act and its regulations.  We work with you to make certain that your application has the best possibility of being approved by a Citizenship judge. 

Once your application is submitted Citizenship and Immigration Canada all future correspondence and communications pertaining to your application directly will be sent to Eastman Law Office. Our law office will continue to be your legal representative until a final determination is made on your Citizenship application by a Citizenship judge.  Should any issue arise in the processing of your Citizenship application, Eastman Law Office will address it immediately.

Call Eastman Law Office at (905) 451-1550 or e-mail us at to have our law office prepare and submit your Canadian Citizenship application.  We have handled both complex and regular Citizenship applications, so call today and begin the application process.

Please note that none of the information on this website should be construed as being legal advice. As well, you should not rely on any of the information contained in this website when determining whether and how to apply to any program offered by Immigration Canada. Canadian immigration law changes constantly, and therefore information contained on this website may be out of date and no longer valid. If you have a question about the contents of this website, or any question about Canadian immigration law, please contact Eastman Law Office.