To be eligible to become a Canadian Citizen the applicant must have permanent residency and must have held it for a minimum of five years. There are many advantages to applying for citizenship - the right to a Canadian passport, the right to be considered for restricted jobs only open to Canadian citizens, and the right to vote and run for political office.
To apply for Canadian citizenship the applicant needs to meet the following requirements:
- Must have permanent resident status.
- Have resided in Canada for the past three out of five years.
- Have filed taxes if required.
- Be proficient in either English and/or French and submit proof with the Canadian Citizenship application. The applicant may then be assessed by a citizenship official at any time during the process.
- Complete a test about how well the applicant knows Canada. The test will cover history, geography, economy, government, laws and symbols. The test takes 30 minutes and is offered in either English or French and requires a pass rate of 75%. If the test is failed twice then a hearing will take place with a citizenship official and may be in person or via video conference and can take up to 90 minutes. If the applicant fails 3 times then their application is refused.
Once the citizenship has been granted the applicant will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony and take the Oath of Citizenship.