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Are you too old to become a Canadian citizen?

Submitted by on July 25, 2011 – 11:34 pmNo Comment

A 92-year-old Ontario woman, who immi­grat­ed to Canada in 1947, final­ly became a cit­i­zen this month, the Globe & Mail report­ed:

For more than 64 years, British-born Cynthia England has called Canada home: She’s worked here, raised chil­dren, paid tax­es and now col­lects a pen­sion.

But thanks to a bureau­crat­ic quirk, she was nev­er a cit­i­zen.

The 92-year-old crossed the pond with her hus­band, a Canadian army offi­cer, in 1947, but arrived a few days late to qual­i­fy for the auto­mat­ic cit­i­zen­ship con­ferred on war brides.

She took the cit­i­zen­ship oath in her home, in a spe­cial cer­e­mo­ny that Citizenship and Immigration Canada arranged.

According to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) web­site, you must be at least 18 to apply for cit­i­zen­ship, but no max­i­mum age is giv­en. The CIC site also states that prospec­tive new Canadians must take the cit­i­zen­ship test if you’re between the ages of 18 and 54.

(So does that mean that if you’re 55 or old­er when your cit­i­zen­ship appli­ca­tion is approved, you don’t have to write the test? Can any­one con­firm?)

Either way, if you’re think­ing about apply­ing for Canadian cit­i­zen­ship, it’s nev­er too late!

And as Ms. England said, “…where else are you going to have a bet­ter life than in Canada?

Canadian pass­port pho­to by Jason Spaceman (flickr)

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