60 New Canadian Citizens in Vancouver will Forever Remember Canada Day 2012

One thousand five hundred (1,500) people from 38 countries around the world have taken the oath of citizenship on Canada Day. Sixty of them were at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver where they have had opportunity to cheer for Canada’s 145th birthday as official citizens of the country. The 145th birthday of the nation marks their citizenship’s 1st birthday, which they will remember for a lifetime.

Despite the chilly weather, the symbolic weekend has been ended with dazzling lights, enchanting fireworks display, food parades, music performances, and the meaningful and traditional barbeque parties anywhere across the country.

The prize of becoming a Canadian citizen

In an interview, Adrian Pernalete, a civil engineer who escaped the political oppression few years ago in his home country Venezuela together with his two children and wife who is also an engineer, said “It’s very important for us. We feel now 100 per cent with the country. You can go into the streets without any problems. We feel very comfortable that our children are living here in Canada.”

Pernalete’s 13 year old son also added, “I like the parks, the schools, the friends. I like everything about it, really.”

They are one of those with smiling faces wearing red and white hats inside the Canada Place plaza where 56 others have solemnly echoed the pledge:

“I swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, her heirs and successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.”

Each year 170,000 people become citizens

The new oath-takers or new Canadian citizens will join the 170,000 immigrant residents who are taking the oath to become full pledged citizens of Canada every year. After  the government amended the system in 2010 to address the  growing number of citizenship test failures in 2009, the test now demands a higher test score, requires knowledge in spoken English or French, and raises more questions regarding the history, values, and identity of Canadians and the nation. Becoming a Canadian citizen is among the most rewarding citizenships in the world.

If you want to apply for a Canadian citizenship, here are the things you should first do:

  1. You have to evaluate if you are eligible to become a citizen of Canada. Do not waste your time, energy and money for processing fees if you are not sure if you will qualify. You may speak to an immigration lawyer to help you determine your status or your case. Niren and Associates, a firm that has been in the immigration field for decades, have a dedicated team of immigration and citizenship lawyers in Toronto to assist you in all immigration problems.
  2. If you are qualified, you may apply for citizenship. If you have retained an immigration lawyer in Toronto, your attorney will process this for you.
  3. Verify the status of your citizenship application, and get ready for the citizenship test. The best thing of retaining an immigration lawyer is that someone is going to coach you and process the files and documents on your behalf while ensuring that everything is going smoothly and properly.
  4. You review the citizenship study guide to prepare for your citizenship examination. Your immigration attorney can help you in this.
  5. You should attend the citizenship ceremony if you are 14 or older.

What’s the catch?

While doing the procedures on your own is fine, this may place your citizenship application at risk if you miss anything like a document, or fail to address the immigration officer’s concern.

Niren and Associates offer immigrants cost-effective help in achieving their citizenship goals. The firm has 10 offices in Canada, including its main headquarter in Toronto. The immigration firm in Vancouver can be reached at (604) 283-2126 or at info@visaplace.com.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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