What Are the Requirements for Becoming a Canadian Citizen?
Becoming a Canadian citizen is a huge deal, and many immigrants to Canada have the dream of one day becoming a Canadian citizen. Many people know that the Canadian citizenship process involves a citizenship test, but did you know that there are several other requirements you must meet when you apply for Canadian citizenship?
Requirements to Become a Canadian Citizen
1. Pass a citizenship test. Most people are aware of this step, but it is an important step in the Canadian citizenship process. You must demonstrate your knowledge of Canada (such as Canadian laws, symbols, geography and history) in the citizenship test. This test can be verbal or written and you must pass it.
2. You will have to demonstrate your knowledge of one of Canada’s two official languages, English and French. You may have to undergo a language test.
3. Applicants for Canadian citizenship need to be over the age of 18 and they must be permanent residents already.
4. As a permanent resident of Canada, you may be familiar with having to meet a residency requirement to maintain your status. When applying for citizenship, there is a different residency requirement. This requirement is that you live in Canada for three years out of the four years preceding your application. If you were not a permanent resident during this whole time, days you were not a permanent resident only count as half days.
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About Michael Niren
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