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Canada is a spectacular mix of imposing mountains, undisturbed lakes, vibrant cities and delicious maple syrup. It also has a strong employment market, high-quality healthcare system, excellent education and a low crime rate. There’s no surprise that so many people want to move to the beloved country.
However, becoming a Canadian citizen isn’t easy. You first need to go through several steps like learning about the Canadian history, values, institutions and symbols of the country, before you can officially call the country home.
For those that are committed to becoming a Canadian citizen, here’s what you need to do:
Firstly, you need to make sure you are eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. In order to be able to apply to be a citizen of Canada, you must:
If you are over 18 and have children, you must include an application for their citizenship within your own.
One of the eligibility requirements for applying to be a Canadian citizen is that you must be able to speak and write in one of Canada’s two official languages, English or French. You must prove that you can do this by submitting one of these types of documents:
Once you have checked that you are eligible and have the required proof you can now apply for citizenship.
It’s time to download and fill out the application form. This application form must be totally complete before you send it off, otherwise, it will be returned. Making sure that you have finished it before sending will help the process go smoothly.
To avoid delays, make sure that you are thorough and don’t miss out any parts of the application. If a question doesn’t apply to you mark it with n/a. Ensure that you send the right fee and sign your application. Don’t forget to attach all required certified citizenship photos and supporting documents.
You will need to include:
You will also need to pay the application fee and include your payment receipt in your application package.
The fees are as follows:
Once this has been done, it’s time to mail your application the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Then
If your application is accepted, you will then be called to take the citizenship test and/or go for an interview.
What you must do will depend on your age:
The test will assess your knowledge of Canada and will ask you 20 questions about:
You will be sent a letter containing the date, time and location of your test about one to two weeks beforehand. The test lasts for 30 minutes and you need to get 15 correct answers in order to pass.
Once you have passed the test, the final step to becoming a Canadian is taking the Oath of Citizenship. After your citizenship ceremony, you will officially be a Canadian citizen. The hard work is over and you can finally relax and enjoy your new home.
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