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Canadian Citizenship


Does Canada Recognize Dual Citizenship?

Main Eligiblity Criteria

Yes, Canada allows dual citizenship, however, you will need to check with the other country that you hold or wish to hold dual citizenship with. As some do not allow more than one citizenship.

  • Be a Permanent Resident of Canada

  • Have lived in Canada for 3 out of the 5 years (some exceptions apply)

  • Filed your Canadian Income Taxes at least 3 out of the last 5 years

  • Meet Language Requirements​ (some exceptions apply)

  • Pass a test on your rights, responsibilities, and knowledge of Canada (some exceptions apply)

Does my time in Canada on temporary resident status or as a protected person count?

Yes, in some cases a maximum of 1 year is counted towards the time spent in Canada. Each day spent in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person within the last 5 years counts as one half day when you calculate your physical presence. You can use a maximum of 365 days as a temporary resident or protected person toward your time spent in Canada. 

A temporary resident is someone who is authorized to enter or stay in Canada as a visitor, student, worker etc.

How long does it typically take for the processing of a Canadian Citizenship Application?

Currently, IRCC's processing time is 12 months. Although many routine applications are processed within this time period. Some non-routine and more complex applications may take longer than 12 months. 

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