Are you prepared to become a citizen of Canada? One of the most sought-after citizen statuses in the world is Canadian citizenship, but why? One of the numerous advantages of the nation is the ability to obtain a passport and reside anywhere in the world. In this blog post, we will discuss how to apply for Canadian citizenship.
Requirements For Canadian Citizenship
In order to apply for Canadian citizenship, you must be a Permanent Resident of Canada and complete the requirements listed below:
- Must be 18 years of age or older on the day you sign the application.
- You may need to file personal income taxes for at least 3 years during the preceding 5-year period if you were physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days during that time to determine whether you must file your taxes.
- Must show proficiency in either French or English (if you are between 18 and 54 years old when you apply)
- Must show that you are familiar with Canada and the rights and obligations that come with being a citizen (if you are between 18 and 54 years old)
- Cannot be subject to a removal order or have any unmet conditions pertaining to their status as a permanent residence (asked by Canadian officials to leave Canada)
- Cannot be denied entry or restricted due to security concerns or criminal offenses.
Determining How Long You Have Lived In Canada
Use the online calculator to determine your physical presence in Canada. Print a copy of the results, and submit it with your application. Use the form if you can’t use the online calculator.
Some applicants can now apply online to become Canadian citizens, even though the Canadian government is still testing, improving, and making sure that more people can apply online. You may find all the necessary forms in the application package, along with an instruction guide. The application package includes:
- Instruction Guide
This form and instruction guide is for Permanent Residents, 18 years of age or older who wish to apply to become Canadian citizens.
- Application for Canadian Citizenship – Adults.
- Document Checklist
- Citizenship Photo Specifications
1. Residence Outside Canada
2. Use of a Representative
3. Request to Correct a Date of Birth for Citizenship
4. Request form for a Change of Sex or Gender Identifier
Gather Your Documents
Along with your application, you must submit the following documents:
- Your online physical presence calculation printout or form CIT 0407
- A color photocopy of each page—valid or expired—of your travel documents from the past five years, including the page with your name, picture, date of birth, and place of residence, as well as the passport or travel document’s number, issuance date, and expiration date.
- Photocopies of two (2) pieces of personal identification.
Examples of identification you can use include:
- A card for permanent residents (PR card)
- Driving Permit
- Card for health insurance
- Identity card for senior citizens
- Adult identification card
- Foreign identifying documents, like a passport or documents issued by the government
Note: If the identity document has information on both sides, photocopy both sides.
- Photocopies of your proof of English or French language proficiency if you are between the ages of 18 and 54.
The various forms of language evidence that may be provided include:
- A diploma, certificate, or transcript from a secondary or post-secondary education program where English or French was the medium of instruction in Canada or abroad that includes the results of a third-party language exam.
- Proof showing you completed a government-funded language training.
- Program and achieved Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher
Fill Out the Application Form
If not directed otherwise, you must answer every question on the form. You can choose to Download the form, then complete it on a computer. Additionally, you have the choice to store your form and complete it later.
Submit Your Application
Your entire application should be sent to:
|Regular Mail||Courier Courier|
|Case Processing Centre-Sydney||Case Processing Centre-Sydney|
|P.O. Box 7000||49 Dorchester Street|
|SYDNEY, NS||Sydney, Nova Scotia|
|B1P 6V6||B1P 5Z2|
Include all of your family members’ applications in the same envelope as your own.
Get Ready For The Test
Within weeks of your application being approved, if you are between the ages of 18 and 54 on the day you sign your application, you might receive an invitation to take your test. The test consists of 20 questions. A passing score is 15 accurate responses. There will be three (3) chances for you to pass the test.
Attend Your Hearing, Test, Or Interview
You will be required to visit a nearby citizenship office to have the original paperwork you filed with your application as well as your passport and travel documentation for the previous five (5) years reviewed.
You may be asked to demonstrate your understanding of the following, if applicable: English or French Canadian history, geography, government, and the rights and obligations of citizenship (the citizenship test).
Attend The Oath-Taking Ceremony
You must take the citizenship oath in order to become a Canadian citizen if you have met all the prerequisites up to this point. In order to participate in a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of citizenship in front of a citizenship judge or other presiding official, adults and minors who are 14 years old or older will be issued a Notice to Appear. You will receive your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship after the oath is completed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Hard is it to Become a Canadian Citizen?
Becoming a Canadian citizen is relatively easy if you meet all the requirements to be granted one.
What is the Fastest Way to become a Canadian Citizen
The simple answer is express entry. This method has proven to be one of the fastest immigration program that Canada currently offers. You can gain permanent residency within a period of six months
In Canada, citizenship plays a big role in daily life. As you can see, gaining Canadian citizenship is a complex process that requires a number of steps. To prevent mistakes, record and apply everything carefully. We trust that this article has provided you with the knowledge required to successfully apply for Canadian citizenship.