How to become a Canadian citizen
Thinking of moving to Canada brings into mind multitudes of positive thoughts. After all, it’s a land where healthcare is free and people are friendly. Moreover with the upcoming tough regulations imposed by neighbor, USA, it is even more in trend now more than ever to migrate to Canada.
Becoming a Canadian citizen is tough because you need to live in Canada for at least six years, stay on your best behavior. Below are a few key points that you need to keep in mind in order to move to Canada.
Take a Quick Quiz
Take a short quiz to see if you may already be Canadian. The government outlines several caveats for being a citizen even if you weren’t born there. Few things depend on your parents’ citizenship. Click Here to take the quiz.
Enter the pool for skilled immigrants
Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry. Under this system, skilled workers are given jobs according to their skills in the country.
All applicants into Express Entry are given specific scores based on their specific talents and job prospects and then ranked with other applicants.
Please follow our series of How to get Canada PR
Have a permanent residence in Canada
To become a permanent resident, people can choose between several avenues.
You can apply via the province of their choice or go down a special entrepreneur option , 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. Only restriction is that you can’t vote, run for office, or hold some jobs with high positions in Canadian government offices.
Declare your intent to reside
If you’re invited to become a PR, you must confirm your plans to stay in Canada.
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 potentially can lose your permanent residence status.
If you don’t live in Canada, you must work outside Canada as a public official known as a Crown Servant or live abroad with certain family members who are Crown Servants.
Spend six years at that residence
Permanent residents don’t always become citizens. The bar for citizenship is higher.
If you’re living in Canada, you must have been a permanent resident and physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (three 365-day periods) in the six years immediately before the date of your application.
You must also be present for 183 days (half a year) during each of the four calendar years that are fully or partially within the six years before the application date.
Provide your income tax filing
Like the residence requirement, you must be able to provide four years’ worth of tax returns in the six-year period leading up to the date of your application.
Basically, they want to see if your job is legit.
Read about Canada
You should probably brush up on your Canadian history anyway, but the government also issues a formal quiz to applicants on the history, values, institutions, and symbols of Canada.
You take the test if you’re between 16 and 64 years old. Typically, it’s a written test, but the citizenship officer may also ask questions orally.
Hope these ideas will help you in your journey.