Applicants for Canadian citizenship accompanied by representatives can now apply online

Posted December 3, 2021 8:00 AM EST

Canada’s online citizenship application portal is open to people who have representatives, but representatives will not be able to apply on their behalf until next year.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has expanded its online portal to include applications from applicants who have representatives on November 30.

“These applicants will still need to complete, sign, date and submit the application themselves and should not share their account access or password with anyone, including their representative,” IRCC said in an email. “Representatives cannot yet apply online on behalf of an applicant, but they can still provide guidance on how to complete the application and they can communicate with IRCC on behalf of the applicant once the online application is submitted.”

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This is the latest initiative to modernize the citizenship application system. Single applicants can apply for citizenship online since August. Recently, Canada has also started accepting applications for proof of citizenship online. These documents allow foreign-born children of Canadians to prove their right to citizenship.

In 2022, IRCC announces that it will open online applications for:

  • families,
  • minors,
  • representatives to apply on behalf of their clients, and
  • clients who claim to reside outside of Canada as a Crown servant or with a family member of a Crown servant.

Eligibility for Canadian Citizenship

Canadian citizenship allows you to hold a Canadian passport, vote in elections and run for office. Many people also consider it a great source of pride.

Permanent residents can apply for citizenship if they are over 18 and have met the residency requirement. In the last five years after applying for citizenship, you must have been physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days. Children can also obtain citizenship, but they do not have to meet the residency requirement.

Applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 must demonstrate English or French language proficiency with a Canadian Benchmark Level (CLCL) of 4 or higher. This age group must also pass a citizenship test.

In addition, applicants cannot have a criminal history considered prohibitive for the granting of Canadian citizenship.

If you are approved after applying, the next step is to take the citizenship test, if required. Then you will attend a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of citizenship.

Once done, you are officially a Canadian citizen.

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