For the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who move to Canada every year, it is their goal to one day obtain Canadian citizenship. Obtaining Canadian citizenship is not only a symbolic act, but also adds to the list of benefits one can receive. In order to be able to apply for citizenship, you must first meet the criteria set out by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
To apply for Canadian citizenship, a permanent resident must have been in the country for 3 out of 4 years and have a clean criminal record. It is advisable that you keep records of all trips you have made outside of Canada during this time. Once you have completed a total of 1095 days of physical presence in Canada, you can submit an application to CIC to apply for Canadian citizenship.
To obtain Canadian citizenship, you must submit an application form along with two photos and other documents. The approval of your application can take anywhere from 5 months to several years depending on various factors. Once CIC approves your application, you will be given a notice on when to take your citizenship exam. Once you pass your exam, you will be able to attend a citizenship ceremony where you will become a Canadian citizen. From that moment on, you will have all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of every Canadian citizen.
What are the benefits a naturalized Canadian citizen receives? The main difference between a Canadian permanent residence and a Canadian citizen is the right to hold a Canadian passport and the right to vote. Also, for those immigrants who wish to work for the federal government or run for political office, becoming a Canadian citizen enables you to do so. But more importantly, becoming a Canadian citizen is an important symbolic step. It shows to the community that one has embraced the values of the country and is committed to its future.
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@ October 11, 2010