Canadian Citizenship for Minors
A child under the age of 18 who is a permanent resident of Canada can apply for Canadian citizenship if the child’s parent or guardian is named in the application. The child must have at least one parent who is a Canadian citizen, or who will become a Canadian citizen at the same time as the child. Adoptive parents can also apply on behalf of their adopted children.
Minors are not eligible to be granted Canadian citizenship if they have not completed their permanent residence requirements, are under a removal order, or if they are subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act.
If the child is between the ages of 14 and 17 when they sign the application for citizenship, he or she must demonstrate their ability to speak basic English or French, and have sufficient knowledge of Canada’s history, geography, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The child will have to take a required citizenship knowledge test to evaluate their language abilities and knowledge of Canada.*
Preszler Immigration Lawyers can handle every step of a minor’s Canadian Citizenship Application. Call us at 1-800-CITIZEN today to get your application started.
* Note: In Fall 2017, children under the age of 18 will not be required to complete the knowledge or language requirements to obtain citizenship.