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There are certain privileges that you can only enjoy as a Canadian citizen which include voting and obtaining a Canadian passport. As a permanent resident, you can engage the services of a Canadian citizenship lawyer to successfully become a full Canadian citizen. This can be done after living in Canada for a number of years, and this method of becoming a citizen is called Naturalization.
Naturalized Canadian citizens can acquire a Canadian passport, travel outside Canada for as long as they like, and retain the right to come back. Children of such citizens also become Canadian citizens automatically, even if they are born outside Canada. The good thing about taking up Canadian citizenship is that you are allowed to retain your original citizenship if your original country laws allow it.
Under the Citizenship Act of 2014, anyone who wants to take up Canadian citizenship must have continually lived in Canada for at least four years of the preceding 6 years before the application. In those 4 years, he/she should have been physically present in Canada for at least 6 months of every year. The person must also have filed taxes in Canada in 4 out of the 6 years. The person must also not leave Canada while the citizenship is being processed.
The Citizenship Act of 2014 requires any person between the ages 13-65 years have adequate understanding of one of Canada’s two official languages, which are English and French. To prove this requirement one must take a language test. These tests are IELTS and CELPIP for English, and TEF for French.
One can also prove that they completed a post-secondary school program that was taught in either language. Proof can also be shown by a certificate of a recognized language program in Canada. In all these tests, the person must prove that they have a benchmark 4 understanding of the language.
Canadian Knowledge Test
The Citizenship Act also requires that any person between 13-65 years of age applying for Canadian citizenship read and understand the government approved Canadian knowledge book Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. This book covers the administrative and political structures of Canada as well as the history of the country. A Canadian knowledge test is administered to prove this knowledge. You can retake the language test if you fail. However, if you fail again, the test is administered orally.
At Sidhu Law, you will get an experienced Canadian citizenship lawyer who can guide you through the process of becoming a Canadian citizen successfully.