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Ineligibility of Citizenship

The following individuals will not be granted Canadian citizenship:

  • not having spent the minimum number of days residing in Canada;
  • neither speaks French nor English;
  • do not succeed in their citizenship interview or test; or
  • unable to produce the necessary residency paperwork.
  • You might not be eligible for Canadian citizenship if you have a number of legal or criminal difficulties.


You might not be eligible for citizenship if any of the following apply to you:

  • Within the last five years, your citizenship has been revoked;
  • You were found guilty of a crime during the last three years;
  • You're on probation, parole, or incarcerated;
  • You have a removal order against you from Canada;
  • You are being looked into or have already been found guilty of committing a war crime or a crime against humanity.

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