Becoming a Canadian citizen is really tough. Yet, you need to live in Canada for at least six years, stay on your best behavior, and know a thing or two about the country until you soon call it home.
Here are some of the requirements and guidelines on how to become a Canadian citizen.
1. Be at least 18 years old. Parents of minors or their legal guardian need to fill out the application for them. They need to be permanent residents in Canada and the parents must be a citizen or applying to become one at the same time.
2. Applicants may enter as skilled workers. Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry. Skilled workers with at least 12 months of full-time work may apply.
3. Joining immediate family members who are in Canada already. This is the easiest way, joining immediate family members who already lives in Canada.
4. Have a permanent residence in Canada. To become a permanent resident, applicants can apply through the province of their choice, go down a special entrepreneur route , get help from a family member who lives in Canada or go through Quebec which has special immigration requirements. Permanent residents are entitled to healthcare coverage and can work, study, and travel anywhere in Canada.
5. Declare your intent to reside in the country. If invited to become a permanent resident, one must confirm plans in staying as Canadian. The government defines permanent residence as living in Canada for at least two years in a five-year period. If you don’t spend that much time within the borders, you could lose permanent resident status.
6. Speak English or French. Canada has two official languages. To become a citizen, you need to know just one language, either English or French.
7. Know a thing or two about Canada. The Canadian government issues a formal quiz to applicants on the history, values, institutions, and symbols of Canada. So you could probably know a thing or two about the country.
8. Invest for durable clothes for local climate. Take some research on the country’s weather so you won’t waste money or space buying unnecessary items.
Becoming a Canadian citizen is not so easy, but if you want to become a genuine citizen, formal requirements are only the start.