Six Things to Qualify for Canadian Citizenship

Generally, people applying for Canadian Citizenship have to meet six different criteria. Note depending on your own case and situation, items on this list may NOT apply to you. Further, you or your family may require additional qualifcations beyond this list. So always seek legal advise before embarking on a citizenship Application.

Learn About Canada

Canadian rights and responsibilities, values, institutions, history and symbols are something that anyone applying for Canadian Citizenship should know. It’s pretty easy information to learn, because once you apply you’ll get a copy of the Canadian Citizenship Study Guide. This guide is specifically for immigrants to Canada and discusses those rights and responsibilities. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 54, you will likely have to take a test on these subjects.

Speak English Or French

People applying for Canadian Citizenship are expected to know a bit of English or French. A basic understanding is necessary in order to be able to communicate effectively. You do not have to be fluent, although you may be subject to a language test.

Live In Canada

In order to apply for Canadian Citizenship, you must live in Canada for at least three years over a four-year time span. In some cases, applicants have been able to obtain Canadian Citizenship without meeting this requirement but that is not always the case. Time spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident (and before the four-year period) can also count but depends on a judge, and time in prison will not count as time spent living in Canada. Children under 18 do not have to meet this requirement.

Not Have A Criminal Conviction

Canadian Citizenship applicants must not have been convicted of a criminal offense within the last three years, must not be in prison, must not be on probation or parole, and must not be facing any criminal charges. Those who have had their Canadian Citizenship taken away within the last five years cannot apply for Canadian Citizenship.

Be 18 Or Older

Persons applying for Canadian Citizenship must be over 18, although parents can apply for their children while applying for their own citizenship, a parent can apply on behalf of a child or a child can apply if they have a parent who is already a Canadian Citizen.

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Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Toledo College of Law. He is called to the New York State Bar and is registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is currently serving as the Media Liaison for the Canadian Chapter of AILA. Fadi has extensive experience in US immigration matters and is the firm’s lead in the area of US immigration. He is specialized in corporate and family immigration, as well as issues dealing with US inadmissibility.

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