How to Get Canadian Citizenship?
Canada is one of the most welcoming nations for citizens of other countries. Many Permanent Residents want to stay in Canada for the rest of their lives as citizens, and the Canadian Citizenship Application can help them pursue that dream.
If you are successful in obtaining PR status of Canada, it will allow you to live, work, study, and have access to social benefits including health care coverage, and protection under Canadian laws. Canadian Permanent Residents have almost the same rights and responsibilities as Canadian citizens. Although permanent resident cannot register and vote in a federal election, in order to do so they have to acquire Canadian citizenship. You will be also required to spend a certain amount of time in Canada until you win actual citizenship.
To become a Canadian citizen, you must:
- be a permanent resident
- have lived in Canada for at least 3 years
- have filed your taxes, if you need to
- pass a test on your rights, responsibilities and knowledge of Canada
- prove your language skills
- be over 18 years old
- take the Oath of Citizenship at a citizenship ceremony as a final step to become a Canadian citizen
Depending on your situation, there may be additional requirements.
Minors (under the age of 18) are also eligible for Canadian citizenship and there is no need for them to live in Canada for 3 years continuously and demonstrate their English level. The application must be completed and submitted by parent or guardian.
In addition, dual citizenship is possible in Canada. This country is most generous in allowing citizens from other countries to apply for and enjoy Canadian citizenship.