What is required to become a Canadian citizen?
Canadian citizenship is a dream of many of the permanent residents who come to Canada every single year. Becoming a Canadian citizen is not an easy task, but it is definitely an achievable goal! We are here to help you achieve this goal by letting you know all of the different requirements that you must meet if you wish to apply for citizenship.
Applying for citizenship in Canada is well worth it because of the benefits. For example, you could hold public office, obtain a Canadian passport and vote in elections as a Canadian citizen whereas if you are a permanent resident, you cannot.
What are the requirements for becoming a citizen of Canada?
1. Applicants for Canadian citizenship have to be over the age of 18, and permanent residents.
2. These permanent residents must live in Canada for three of the four years before their application, or 1095 days. You do not have to be a permanent resident for all of this time, but the time spent as not a permanent resident only counts as half days.
3. To apply for citizenship you must be able to speak basic English or French, which are Canada’s official languages. You could be asked to undergo a language test as a part of your citizenship application.
4. Demonstrating knowledge of Canada is an important part of Canadian citizenship applications, and in doing so you will have to pass a Canadian citizenship test. The test will be on things like your rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen, as well as things like Canada’s history, geography, government and symbols.
We can help you prepare for the Canadian citizenship test, as well as help you with your application. If you are concerned as to whether you are eligible for Canadian citizenship, please contact our immigration law firm for an assessment of your case. You are closer to your immigration goals than you think!
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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