June 1, 2017

Citizenship

 

Canadian Citizenship

Every year about 150,000 immigrants become new Canadian citizens. Canadian citizenship is such a prized possession it is hard to believe it is only five decades old. Before 1947, Canadians were British subjects.

Canadians are proud of their citizenship and citizenship ceremonies reflect that pride. Canadians value the rights attached to citizenship and accept its responsibilities. If you have lived in Canada for at least three years as a permanent resident, you may be ready to take on those rights and responsibilities and become a Canadian citizen.

If you were born in Canada, you are a Canadian citizen.

If you were born outside Canada after February 15, 1977, and had one Canadian parent, you can apply for proof of Canadian citizenship. You may be Canadian if born before that time to a Canadian parent and can apply to establish your claim to Canadian citizenship.

 

How to apply for citizenship

We have the expertise and can help you get the citizenship. You will receive the following services from us:

  • Filling out the application in a professional manner
  • Prepare you for the interview
  • Follow up the application till the case is processed

Contact Us and we’ll advise you appropriately.

 

What are the requirements or eligibilities to become a citizen:

If you are an adult, you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada
  • Have lived in Canada for at least three of the five years before applying
  • Be able to communicate in English or French
  • Demonstrate knowledge about Canada and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship

A child must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada (three year residency requirement not necessary)

You cannot become a Canadian citizen if:

  • You are under a deportation order
  • You have been charged with or convicted of an indictable criminal offence in the past few years
  • You are or have recently been in prison or on probation
  • You are under investigation for war crimes
  • Your citizenship has been revoked
  • Every applicant must complete an application form (parents can complete the form for their children). Every adult between the ages of 18 and 59 must pass a citizenship test, to demonstrate knowledge of English or French and about Canada
  • Adults and children over the age of 14 must take the Oath of Citizenship

 

The Citizenship Ceremony

The final step is the oath-taking ceremony, usually presided over by a citizenship judge. You will swear the Oath of Citizenship and receive a certificate of Canadian citizenship. Community groups are often involved in hosting the ceremonies. Citizenship ceremonies take place all across the country throughout the year.

 

Dual Citizenship

Can a Canadian hold dual citizenship? Since 1977, Canada has had no restrictions on dual or multiple citizenships. Some countries may require citizens to give up their citizenship if they acquire the citizenship of another country.

 

Rights and Responsibilities

Canadian citizenship carries both rights and responsibilities. The rights and freedoms enjoyed by Canadians are established in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and provincial human rights codes.

They include:

  • Equality rights
  • Democratic rights
  • Legal rights
  • Mobility rights
  • Language rights
  • Freedom of religion
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom of assembly and association
  • Canadian citizens have the right to apply for a Canadian passport and to return to Canada at any time after traveling or living abroad

Canadians are also expected to:

  • Obey Canada’s laws
  • Participate in democratic processes
  • Respect the rights and freedoms of others
  • Respect Canada’s linguistic duality and multicultural heritage

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Proof of Canadian Citizenship

If you are a Canadian citizen, you may be required to prove your citizenship if you want to vote, apply for a Canadian passport, return to Canada from abroad or apply for certain jobs.

A citizenship certificate is a useful identification card and proof of citizenship. It is wallet-sized, with a photograph.

Naturalized Canadians receive a certificate when granted citizenship. Canadians born in Canada may also apply for a citizenship certificate.