Canadian citizenship or nationality can be obtained by nationalizing a permanent resident who has been in Canada for a sufficient period of time and who meets the criteria listed below. You must, for instance, pass the citizenship test and demonstrate sufficient knowledge of both official languages of Canada: English and French. Our immigration lawyers are at your service to help you achieve this.
Why should I apply for citizenship?
Most of the time, permanent residents have the same benefits as Canadian citizens. However, unlike citizens, they:
– Can not vote in Canada
– Can not have a Canadian passport
– Must stay in Canada for at least two (2) out of five (5) years.
– Are not protected in case of deportation if convicted of a serious offence in Canada.
Did you know that a conviction for impaired driving could result in expulsion out of Canada, even for a permanent resident?
Acquisition of Citizenship
You can apply for citizenship if:
– You are a permanent resident.
– You have stayed in Canada for at least three (3) out of the last five (5) years.
– You have reported your income and done your taxes for three (3) of the last five (5) years. – You have sufficient knowledge of French or English languages (if abed between18 and 54). – You pass the 20-point citizenship test (if aged between 18 and 54). – You are not on probation or have not been convicted of certain criminal offences.
Proof of Citizenship
If one of your parents or grandparents is Canadian, you may be a Canadian citizen no matter the country you are born. Instead of acquisition of citizenship, you can require proof of citizenship. Proof of citizenship is granted only to people born outside of Canada of Canadian parents and is now limited to the first generation of people born outside Canada. Contact one of our lawyers to find out if you are a Canadian citizen.
Are you eligible for a visitor visa to travel to Canada?
Certain criteria must be met to qualify for a visitor visa, including country of origin, sufficient financial means to stay in Canada and proof of departure. Our immigration lawyers can answer all your questions.