How can one apply for Canadian citizenship?

Obtaining Canadian citizenship is the dream of many people who immigrate to Canada every year. This is because while Canadian permanent residents have benefits, there are many more positive benefits for Canadian citizens like being able to vote, benefit from social services and not having to meet a residency requirement. Applying for Canadian Citizenship

As a Canadian citizen, one also is entitled to travel on a Canadian passport.

However, becoming a Canadian citizen is not an easy process and like any other aspect of the immigration process in Canada it comes with a set of strict eligibility rules.

Requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen

First and foremost, someone who wants to apply for Canadian citizenship needs to be over 18 years of age.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate that they have knowledge of Canada, including Canadian symbols, government, history and geography. There is a test associated with a Canadian citizenship application, which can be done in written form or via an interview with a citizenship judge. A citizenship oath is also a part of the citizenship process, typically conducted in a group ceremony.

Two additional major requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen are language abilities, as citizens must have adequate knowledge and abilities in French or English. There is also a residency requirement for people applying to be Canadian citizens, but not Canadian citizens themselves.

Permanent residents who want to become Canadian citizens need to have lived in Canada for at least three years within the last four years, or for 1095 days. But these days in Canada do not all have to be spent as a permanent resident. For example, a day you have lived in Canada but did not have permanent resident status can be considered a half day towards this 1095 day period, while days spent as a permanent resident can count as one whole day.

If you think you qualify to apply for Canadian citizenship, please give us a call! We can help you apply.

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