Filing Tax Requirement

As per the latest requirements set by the Canadian government, applicants for citizenship must have filed their taxes for at least three years of the five years before submitting their Canadian citizenship application to be eligible. This measure that has been put in place to ensure that all potential citizens are up to date on their taxes and are contributing to the Canadian economy.

It may also be a requirement to file an income tax return, even if you lived in Canada for only part of a year if you:

  • Need to pay tax for the year
  • Want to claim a refund
  • Want to get benefits and credit payments

Prove of Language Skills Requirement

To qualify for Canadian citizenship, you must be able to demonstrate your language skills. The best way to do this is by taking a language proficiency test such as the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) test, level 4 or higher. This test will assess your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in either English or French. If you can demonstrate that you have a good command of either of Canada’s official languages, you will be well on your way to becoming a Canadian citizen.

IRCC requires that you prove that you can speak English or French at the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher. IRCC may assess your language skills by reviewing the evidence you submit demonstrating your language skills or by taking note of how well your communication is with citizenship officials during the application process. Also, IRCC may assess your language skills during a hearing with a citizenship official.

You need to meet the above requirements to be eligible for Canadian citizenship. There are several legal and criminality issues that could make you ineligible for Canadian citizenship such as:

  • Having had your citizenship taken away within the past five years
  • Having been convicted of a serious crime, such as murder or terrorism, in the past three years
  • Being in prison, on parole, or on probation
  • Being under a removal order from Canada
  • Being inadmissible due to security, criminal, or human rights concerns

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