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Canadian Citizenship Requirements

Canadian Citizenship Requirements

Canadian Citizenship Requirements

If the Temporary Resident Visa is the first step on the ladder of the immigration process, then the final step is that of Canadian citizenship status. Most permanent residents wish to obtain Canadian citizenship status because of several benefits available to citizens of Canada.

Canadian citizens can get a Canadian passport, hold public office, and exercise voting rights. Approaching a professional immigration consultant can help you in the process of acquiring a Canadian citizenship status, provided you are a permanent resident in Canada.

Key qualifying criteria for Canadian Citizenship

Permanent residents must meet the following vital criteria to become Canadian citizens:

  • You are in Canada for three years or 1095 days during the last five years. You can add one half-day for each day spent as a protected person, student, temporary resident, visitor, or worker for a maximum of 365 days.
  • Possess fundamental language skills to satisfy the minimum language proficiency requirements in English and French. You will have to provide proof of language proficiency if you are between the age of 18 years and 54 years.
  • There is no criminal record.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of Canadian geography and history and should have a sound understanding of the political system in Canada
  • The applicant should be aware of Canadian citizens’ rights and responsibilities.

The citizenship test

There is a citizenship test for applicants between 18 and 54. The applicant must score a minimum of 15 marks out of 20 questions in the test lasting for 30 minutes. The questionnaire will comprise subjects like government, laws, economy, geography, and history of Canada.

Language proficiency requirement

Every aspiring Canadian citizen must demonstrate language proficiency in English and French because these are Canada’s official languages. The applicant should have minimum language skills of reading, listening, and writing. The language test results for becoming a permanent resident are acceptable while applying for Canadian citizenship.

Following are the Canadian Language Benchmarks for a minimum Level 4:

  • Able to participate in small discussions, speeches, and chats involving common topics
  • Possess a sound vocabulary that includes phrases and common words to express and ask questions
  • Can use basic grammar skills like tenses and simple structures
  • Can understand and follow simple instructions and directions
  • Can answer simple questions

The immigration officials will test the language skills by:

  • Verifying the proofs that you submit with the application for a Canadian citizenship
  • Observing you while communicating with officials

Additional documentation

The qualification criteria for Canadian citizenship mandate a minimum period of residence in Canada. There is a likelihood of receiving a Residence Questionnaire if the IRRCC feels the need. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may ask the applicant to provide a Residence Questionnaire. These are some specimen points you will need to submit documents to establish the following:

  • Time spent in Canada
  • Education record within and outside Canada
  • Travel history showing trips inside and outside Canada
  • Addresses of your family members’ places
  • Employment records with Canadian and foreign employers
  • Description of your daily life in Canada with details of expenditure on clothing and provisions

Use the opportunity to answer the Residence Questionnaire to present your case appropriately. Failure to pass the RQ will result in your application proceeding before a citizenship judge.

Not meeting the fundamental citizenship criteria or having a criminal record may destroy your chances of becoming a citizen of Canada. Canadian citizenship rewards all rights of natural citizens of Canada by eliminating all residency obligations.

You can brighten your prospects of obtaining citizenship status by consulting a professional immigration consultant with exclusive expertise in dealing with Canadian citizenship applications. ASI Immigration offers dependable support to immigration aspirants. Call us now to know how to proceed with the complex application process.

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