Citizenship Regulations (SOR/93-246)

Regulations are current to 2014-08-05 and last amended on 2014-08-01. Previous Versions

CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP

 An application by a citizen for a certificate of citizenship made under subsection 12(1) of the Act shall be

  • (a) made in prescribed form; and

  • (b) filed with the Registrar, together with

    • (i) evidence that establishes that the applicant is a citizen, and

    • (ii) two photographs of the applicant of the size and type shown on a form prescribed under section 28 of the Act.

  • SOR/2009-108, s. 17.

PROCEDURE

 [Repealed, SOR/2014-186, s. 1]

 When an applicant appears before a citizenship judge, the judge may

  • (a) require the applicant to give evidence under oath; and

  • (b) permit the applicant to be accompanied by another person if it is in the interests of the applicant and of the expeditious determination of the matter.

  • SOR/94-442, s. 2;
  • SOR/2014-186, s. 1.

 [Repealed, SOR/94-442, s. 2]

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES CRITERIA

 A person is considered to have an adequate knowledge of one of the official languages of Canada if they demonstrate that they have competence in basic communication in that language such that they are able to

  • (a) take part in short, routine conversations about everyday topics;

  • (b) understand simple instructions and directions;

  • (c) use basic grammar, including simple structures and tenses, in oral communication; and

  • (d) use vocabulary that is adequate for routine oral communication.

  • SOR/94-442, s. 2;
  • SOR/2012-178, s. 2.

KNOWLEDGE OF CANADA AND CITIZENSHIP CRITERIA

  •  (1) A person is considered to have an adequate knowledge of Canada if they demonstrate, based on their responses to questions prepared by the Minister, that they know the national symbols of Canada and have a general understanding of the following subjects:

    • (a) the chief characteristics of Canadian political and military history;

    • (b) the chief characteristics of Canadian social and cultural history;

    • (c) the chief characteristics of Canadian physical and political geography;

    • (d) the chief characteristics of the Canadian system of government as a constitutional monarchy; and

    • (e) characteristics of Canada other than those referred to in paragraphs (a) to (d).

  • (2) A person is considered to have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship if they demonstrate, based on their responses to questions prepared by the Minister, that they have a general understanding of the following subjects:

    • (a) participation in the Canadian democratic process;

    • (b) participation in Canadian society, including volunteerism, respect for the environment and the protection of Canada’s natural, cultural and architectural heritage;

    • (c) respect for the rights, freedoms and obligations set out in the laws of Canada; and

    • (d) the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship other than those referred to in paragraphs (a) to (c).

  • SOR/94-442, s. 3;
  • SOR/2010-209, s. 1.