Permanent Residents of Canada are eligible to apply for Citizenship regardless of age. In order to be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, individuals must:
- Be a permanent resident
- Have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
- Must be physically residing in Canada for at least 1095 days during the five years right before the date of the application.
- Have filed taxes, if needed
- Taxes must be filed for at least 3 years during the 5 years right before the date of the application
- Show how well they know Canada
- Individuals who are between the age 18 to 54 on the day the application is signed must take a citizenship test. The test is about Canada’s history, geography, economy, government, laws and symbols.
- Prove their language skills
- Individuals between the age 18 to 54 on the day the application is signed must show that they can speak and listen at a specific level in one of the official languages (English or French)
- To become a citizen, individuals must meet the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 4 or higher.
It is important to note that some of the eligibility requirements are different for minors (under the age 18).