In order to obtain Canadian citizenship, permanent residents must respect several requirements imposed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Candidates for citizenship must demonstrate physical presence in Canada and pass language tests as well as a Canadian citizenship test.

On February 25th, 2016, IRCC minister Mr. John McCallum submitted a bill that would bring important changes to the Citizenship Act.

This bill would modify the grounds for repealing citizenship and would no longer take into account their intention to reside in Canada after they have obtained their citizenship. Also, the obligation to maintain a physical presence in Canada would be reduced from four of the six years immediately preceding the submission of their application to three years during the course of the five years preceding the submission of a citizenship application. Time spent in Canada as a temporary resident would be considered in the calculation of the physical presence requirement up to a maximum of one of the three years required.

Regarding the language and knowledge requirements, the bill proposes to return to the previous model, which would only oblige applicants ages 18 to 54 to pass the tests.

Before submitting a citizenship application, be well-informed on the conditions to respect and the requirements applicable to your application.