Citizenship requirements for physical presence, language and knowledge will change on October 11, 2017. Applicants can apply for citizenship under the new rules using updated forms available October 11. The following changes will be expected to come into effect:

  1. Physical presence in Canada requirements will be reduced to three out of five years.
  2. A portion of time spent in Canada before permanent resident status will count towards residency requirements.
  3. Age range for language and knowledge requirements will be reduced to 18-54 years old.

The changes are part of the amendments that received Royal Assent in June. For a complete list of changes, please read the Bill C-6 Backgrounder.