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Canadian citizenship applicants with representatives can now apply online

Canadian citizenship applicants with representatives can now apply online

Citizenship applicants with representation can now apply for citizenship online, albeit the representative cannot apply on their behalf.

People with representatives can use Canada's online citizenship application portal, but they won't be able to apply on their behalf until next year.

On November 30, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (CICC) opened its online portal to accept applications from applicants with representation.

"These candidates must still complete, sign, date, and submit the application individually," CICC wrote in an email. "They must not share their account access or password with anybody, even their agent."

"At this time, representatives cannot apply online on behalf of an applicant, but they can still give advice on how to complete the application and engage with CICC on the applicant's behalf after the application is completed."

This is the most recent step in the process of upgrading the citizenship application process. Since August, single applicants have been able to apply for citizenship online.

Canada has just begun accepting online applications for evidence of citizenship. These documents enable Canadian citizens' foreign-born offspring to show their claim to citizenship.

Families, minors, representatives applying on behalf of their clients, and clients stating residence outside of Canada as a Crown servant or with a crown servant family member will be eligible to apply online in 2022, according to CICC.

Eligibility for citizenship in Canada

You can get a Canadian passport, vote in elections, and run for office if you have Canadian citizenship. Many individuals regard it as a source of pride as well.

Permanent residents who are over the age of 18 and have met the residency requirements can apply for citizenship. You must have spent at least 1,095 days physically in Canada in the five years prior to applying for citizenship. Children may also be granted citizenship, but they do not necessarily have to meet the residency requirement.

Applicants must demonstrate language fluency in English or French with a Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 4 or higher if they are between the ages of 18 and 54. A citizenship test is also required for this age range.

Furthermore, candidates must not have a criminal record that would prevent them from being granted Canadian citizenship.

If your application is granted, the following step is to take the citizenship test, if necessary. Then you'll take the Oath of Citizenship at a citizenship ceremony. Once you've completed this, you'll be a Canadian citizen.


To be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship, you must meet many requirements:

1. Status as a permanent resident

To apply for Canadian citizenship, you must be a permanent resident. Your Permanent Residence (PR) card does not have to be active at the time of application, and you can apply even if your PR card has expired.

Permanent resident status requires that you are not being investigated for immigration or fraud, that you are not under a removal order, and that you have not violated any of your permanent resident status restrictions (e.g., you have yet to complete a medical screening).

2. The conditions for Canada's physical presence

You must have spent at least three years (1,095 days) in Canada in the previous five years. Children under 18 must also have permanent resident status, but do not have to satisfy the three-year requirement.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (CICC) recommends you apply with more than 1,095 days of living in Canada in case there is a problem with your calculation.

If you lived in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident, you can calculate some of that time towards your physical presence requirement.

Each day you spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person in the last five years can count as a half-day. You can use a maximum of 365 days as a temporary resident or protected person towards your physical presence requirement.

3. Submit your tax return (if necessary)

If applicable, you may be required to file taxes in Canada for at least three years within the five years prior to submitting your application for Canadian citizenship. Even if you only lived in Canada for a portion of the year, you may be required to file an income tax return if you:

  1. Need to pay tax for the year 
  2. Want to claim a refund
  3. Would like to receive benefits and credit payments

4. Pass a citizenship test in Canada

You must take a Canadian citizenship test if you are between the ages of 18 and 54 on the day you signed your Canadian citizenship application. The test lasts 30 minutes and includes multiple-choice and true or false questions.

5. Demonstrate your language abilities

Those between the ages of 18 and 54 must also demonstrate that they can communicate in English or French at a level of 4 or above on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).

CICC evaluates your language skills in a number of ways, including reviewing the evidence you submit demonstrating your language skills; noting how well you communicate with citizenship officials during the application process; and, if necessary, assessing your language skills during a hearing with a citizenship official.

Showing that you attended an English or French-language secondary or post-secondary school programme is one way to demonstrate your language ability. The results of an English or French language test you took will also be accepted by CICC. For example, this can have been completed as part of a language training program in Canada, or as part of your Canadian permanent residence application.

If any of the following apply to you, you may not qualify for citizenship:

  1. You have had your citizenship taken away within the past five years;
  2. You have been convicted of a criminal offence in the past three years;
  3. You are in prison, on parole or on probation;
  4. You are under removal order from Canada;
  5. You are under investigation for or have been convicted of a war crime or a crime against humanity.

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