To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:

Spouses of Canadian citizens

You don’t automatically become a citizen when you marry a Canadian.

If you’re the spouse of a Canadian citizen, you must meet the same requirements listed above (no exceptions).

Children and grandchildren of Canadian citizens

If you have a Canadian parent or grandparent, you may be a Canadian citizen. You’re likely a Canadian citizen if you

  • were born in Canada
  • became a citizen because of changes to the Citizenship Act
  • applied for and received your Canadian citizenship (became a naturalized citizen)
  • received Canadian citizenship as a minor when a parent or legal guardian applied for your citizenship
  • were born outside Canada and at least 1 of your parents (legal parent at birth or biological parent) either
    • was born in Canada, or
    • 1 of your parents became a naturalized citizen before you were born


If you committed a crime inside or outside Canada

  • you may not be eligible to become a Canadian citizen for a period of time
  • time spent serving a term of imprisonment, on parole, or on probation doesn’t count as time you’ve lived in Canada

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