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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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