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How to apply for Canadian citizenship

Submitted by on November 20, 2009 – 7:10 amOne Comment

canadian-passportSo you’ve been in Canada for a while, and you’re now plan­ning to apply for Canadian cit­i­zen­ship. Here’s how:

1. Confirm that you’re eli­gi­ble to apply.

You must be at least 18 years old (or apply with your par­ent or guardian).

You must be a Canadian per­ma­nent res­i­dent.

You need to be able to speak English or French well enough to com­mu­ni­cate.

You must have lived in Canada for at least three of the past four years. Use the res­i­dence cal­cu­la­tor tool to deter­mine if you’re been in the coun­try long enough.

And you can’t have a recent crim­i­nal record (get the details from Citizenship and Immigration Canada).

If you’re a U.S. cit­i­zen, you’re allowed to have dual U.S.-Canadian cit­i­zen­ship. (Here are the U.S. and Canadian per­spec­tives on dual cit­i­zen­ship.) Ogling the Canadian ads for Cuban hol­i­days? Check out this New York Times arti­cle about the ben­e­fits to trav­el­ers of hav­ing mul­ti­ple pass­ports: “Carrying Several Passports? It’s Not Just for Spies.”

2. Apply for cit­i­zen­ship. You can get the appli­ca­tion pack­age online. The fee for adult appli­cants is $200 (it’s $100 if you’re under 18).

3. Study for your cit­i­zen­ship test. The gov­ern­ment recent­ly released a new study guide called Discover Canada: the Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.

4. Take your cit­i­zen­ship test.

5. If you pass the test and meet all the cit­i­zen­ship require­ments, attend a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mo­ny, where you’ll need to take the oath of cit­i­zen­ship (and yes, Canada has a queen!):

I swear (or affirm) that I will be faith­ful and bear true alle­giance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faith­ful­ly observe the laws of Canada and ful­fil my duties as a Canadian cit­i­zen.

Need more infor­ma­tion? Check Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s cit­i­zen­ship FAQ.

Photo by Jason Spaceman (flickr)

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