What does it take to become a Canadian citizen?

Becoming a Canadian citizen is no easy feat, but with a bit of hard work and meeting all of the requirements, you can certainly get there. Many people dream of becoming Canadian citizens, because citizenship comes with a slew of great benefits. Just some of these benefits include obtaining a Canadian passport, being able to vote in Canada and not having to meet residency requirements like permanent residents do. Applying for Canadian Citizenship

But to make the transition from a permanent resident to a Canadian citizen (you must be a permanent resident of Canada first), there are several requirements you need to meet.

Requirements for becoming a Canadian citizen

Someone who wishes to apply for Canadian citizenship must be a permanent resident of Canada who is over the age of 18. In addition to this, they must be able to speak English or French “adequately” while also undergoing a citizenship test, which will quiz them on their knowledge of Canada including geography, history, symbols and government.

Another major requirement of becoming a citizen of Canada is meeting a residency requirement. This residency requirement is different than that of a permanent resident, who must live in Canada for two years of every five years.

Instead, people applying for citizenship who are already permanent residents must have physically lived in Canada for three of the last four years as a permanent resident. However, days that someone has lived in Canada while not holding permanent resident status can count towards this requirement but only as half-days.

If you want to become a Canadian citizen, the test and requirements can be daunting! Please contact our immigration law firm for assistance, as we can help you prepare and ensure that you have met the requirements to proceed with your Canadian citizenship application.

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