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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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