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Citizenship Application

THE process of becoming a Canadian Citizen begins by submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Eligibility Requirements

To become a Canadian Citizen, you must:

  • be a permanent resident
  • have lived in Canada with qualifying permanent resident status for 3 years during the preceding 5 years.
  • have filed taxes for any 3 taxation years within the five years prior to applying.

Other obligations: –

Citizenship Test : Applicants meeting the above eligibility requirements must pass the citizenship test demonstrating their knowledge of rights and responsibilities of Canadians and Canada’s history, geography economy, government, laws, and symbols. It is a 30-minute test in either English or French language.

Applicants under the age of 18 will not be required to take the test.

Language skills : If the applicants are between 18 – 54 years of age then they must fulfill the language requirements. They need to demonstrate effective

communication skills in one of the Canadian languages – English or French. Applicants can also provide: –

  • A transcript of post-secondary studies in English or French.
  • Language proficiency test results
  • Proof of meeting Canadian language benchmark (CLB) Level 4 or higher

Citizenship can not be guaranteed if the applicant: –

  • has committed a crime inside or outside of Canada.
  • has not fulfilled permanent residency requirements.
  • has faced refusal of citizenship application due to misrepresentation in last five years.

If IRCC Is doubtful of meeting of resident requirements by applicants, a Residence Questionnaire is issued questioning applicant about their time spent in Canada, their trips outside Canada, their employment both inside and outside Canada. It also takes into account their daily expenses and visit to doctor or dentist.

It takes around 12 months to complete the process. Some applicants may also need to appear for an interview before a Citizenship judge. Once all the requirements are met and tests are cleared, applicants are invited to attend Citizenship ceremony where they receive their certificate of Canadian citizenship.

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