In order to become a Canadian citizen, your minor child must meet fewer eligibility requirements than you yourself need to meet to become a citizen if they are applying at the same time as you are or after you’ve applied. If your child wants to become a citizen on their own, there is an additional requirement.

Important: If you were already a Canadian citizen at the time of your child’s birth, and you yourself naturalized in Canada (took the oath), your child is already a Canadian citizen.

In order to apply for citizenship as a minor, your child must meet the following requirements:

  • Your child must be under the age of 18 years of age at the time the application reaches IRCC, otherwise they must apply as an adult and meet the adult requirements
  • Your child must be a permanent resident of Canada and be able to prove it
  • Your child cannot be on probation, on parole or in prison, either in Canada or abroad
  • Your child cannot be on trial (or part of an appeal) for a criminal offence (anywhere in the world) or an offence against the Citizenship Act
  • Your child cannot be under a removal order (or have failed to comply with a removal order in the past)
  • Your child cannot be under investigation for, charged with, on trial for, subject to or a party to an appeal relating to war crimes or a crimes against humanity?
  • In the past five (5) years, your child cannot have been prohibited from being granted citizenship or taking the Oath of Citizenship for reasons of misrepresentation or withholding of material circumstances.
  • Your child cannot have been convicted of terrorism, treason or spying offences while a permanent resident.
  • Your child cannot have served in the armed forces of another country or an organized armed group in conflict with Canada.

Required Documents for Your Child to Become a Canadian Citizen

  • Proof of your child’s permanent resident status:
    – Photocopy of your child’s valid PR Card AND
    – Photocopy of your child’s Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) OR
    – Your child’s Verification of Status (VOS) and a letter explaining why you lost your child’s COPR
  • Photocopy of child’s passport biographical page for any passports used by the child within the last 5 years (if the child entered Canada on your passport, you will need to include proof of that as well)
  • 2 proofs of identity, one of which must contain a photo, for example:
    – Photocopy of provincial Health Card
    – Photocopy of birth certificate (with notarized translation, if applicable)
    – School record
    – Hospital record
  • Proof your child meets the residence requirement (only if your child is applying on their own)
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