What is required to become a citizen of Canada?
Becoming a citizen of Canada is a wonderful opportunity that many people achieve every year. Many immigrants who come to Canada as permanent residents have the eventual goal of becoming Canadian citizens.
Canadian citizens can not only live and work anywhere in Canada, they can also hold Canadian passports, vote in elections and hold public office.
Many people know that a citizenship test is part of the citizenship process. But did you know that there are other requirements?
Requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen
To become a Canadian citizen, you need to be a permanent resident of Canada who is over the age of 18. There are alternate procedures for applying for Canadian citizenship on behalf of a child or for children who are being adopted.
1. You may be required to undergo a language test, as a requirement of Canadian citizenship is that you have a basic understanding of English or French, Canada’s two official languages.
2. You must have knowledge of Canada to become a citizen of Canada. This knowledge includes geography, symbols, government and history, which is assessed based on a citizenship test that you must pass. This test may be in an interview format or in a written format.
3. You must meet a specific residency requirement to become a citizen of Canada. It’s somewhat like how you must be physically present in Canada for two years out of every five as a permanent resident, but you must instead be in Canada for three years out of the four that precede your application. If you’re not a permanent resident for any of this time, those days count as half-days.
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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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