Becoming a Canadian Citizen is an exciting thing and allows you to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life. Some benefits of citizenship include eligibility for more jobs, travelling with a Canadian passport, and being able to vote. Below, are some of the requirements you must meet in order to be able to apply for Canadian citizenship.
You must be 18 years old, or older to apply.
To apply for Canadian citizenship for a child under 18:
You must be the child’s parent, or legal guardian
The child must hold permanent resident status
One parent must be a Canadian citizen or apply to become a citizen at the same time (this also applies to adoptive parents)
You must have three years of qualifying permanent resident status within the preceding six years in order to submit a citizenship application.
You must have resided in Canada for at least 1,460 days during the six years right before the date you sign your application and 183 days during each of four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years right before the date you apply.
To become a Canadian citizen, you must demonstrate that you have working knowledge and ability of at least one of Canada’s official languages: English or French.
If you are between 18 and 64, you will be required to send proof of your ability to speak and listen in English or French when applying for Canadian citizenship.
You cannot become a citizen if you have a criminal history. The following criminal acts can disqualify you from citizenship:
Being convicted of a criminal offence or an offence under the Citizenship Act in the three years before you apply
Being under a removal order
Being investigated for, charged with, or convicted of a war crime or a crime against humanity
Having your Canadian citizenship revoked in the past five years
To become a Canadian citizen, you must demonstrate that you understand the rights, responsibilities and privileges that come with citizenship. This includes things like voting in elections and obeying the law. You must also show that you understand Canada’s history, values, institutions and symbols.
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