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How to Become A Canadian Citizen in 3 Steps

Did you know all it takes is 3 active years to become a Canadian Citizen? Well, some would say, that is technically 5 years. This route is what many people follow these days to become a citizen of Canada. People prefer this track because it does not come with uncertainties. There are laid-down procedures that if you follow, you can easily become a citizen.

In one of my previous posts, I talked about the Canadian Express Entry immigration scheme and the Canadian Trade Route towards immigration. You would also recall that my last article was on Canadian Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP), which is an even easier way to immigrate to Canada. These routes will set you on a path to becoming a Canadian Citizen if you follow all the rules and play your cards right.

With that said, if you don’t know much about these programs, you can click on the respective links to read more. 

How to Become A Canadian Citizen

How to Work Towards Becoming a Citizen of Canadian

This is very simple and it involves 3 broad steps. The first is to apply for PE and getting it. The second one is to live in Canada for 3 out of 5 years and pay all your taxes and stay away from crime. This is because you cannot become a citizen if you have been to the prison or has been charge and convicted for a crime. The third and final step is to apply for Canadian Citizenship and getting it.

Seems pretty simple huh? Well, it is not that straightforward because each of these steps has its own smaller steps. So, for example, applying for the express entry means you have to prove that your English is sufficient for communication in Canada. If you are from a French-speaking country, the same applies to you but instead of English, you have to show proof of French proficiency.

The Main Requirements for applying to become a Canadian Citizen

To apply for the Citizenship of Canada, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. At the time you are applying, you must have lived in Canada as a Permanent Resident (PR) for 3 years (1,095 days) out of the last 5 years before your application.
  2. As mentioned above, you must be a Permanent Resident
  3. You must prove that you can speak and write either English or French (official languages of Canada)
  4. You must have filed and paid all your taxes (including income tax) for at least 3 years during the last 5 years before your application

Please note that proof of language proficiency is important even if you have been living in Canada. The IRCC will return your application as incomplete if you don’t provide proof of English or French proficiency.

You need to pay an application fee for the citizenship application. Also, make sure to attach all supporting documents to your application. In addition, you may be required to write a citizenship test. If that is the case, there are a lot of resources online that can help you prepare.

Having Canadian citizenship gives you access to many benefits. For example, you have all the rights of a Canadian both locally and internationally. One of such benefits internationally includes being able to travel to about 184 countries without a visa. One such country is the United States and you can live there for up to 6 months at a time. There will be a different article coming your way on that, so, stay subscribed.

Now that you know how to become a Canadia citizen via the Express entry route, what are you waiting for? Click here to read about it and maybe start your application right away. 

ALSO SEE: Beautiful Countries You Can Visit Without Visa.

Even if you don’t have all the requirements now, you can at least open an account and keep your profile alive. That will give you the drive to keep going and complete your application.

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