The Canadian Citizenship Act was enacted in 1947. Since then, the Canadian government has enacted numerous significant modifications. And, in modern times, the law declares that both Canadian-born and naturalised citizens are equally entitled to citizenship rights and responsibilities. Except for a few minor exceptions, all individuals born in Canada are citizens at birth under the Act (e.g., children of diplomats). At the same time, children born outside Canada to a Canadian parent must apply for a Canadian Citizenship Certificate to establish their citizenship.

Determine your eligibility to apply for citizenship.

Reside in Canada during three of the preceding four years, both before and after obtaining permanent status.
Temporary Resident Status: For a period of up to one year immediately before the date of arrival in Canada, residents may also accrue residence time. If you entered Canada prior to attaining permanent residency, this counts as 12 times.



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