Canada is one of the most coveted countries for migration. Once you move to this country, it is a natural process to apply for Canadian citizenship. Now, let’s look into the criteria for eligibility for a Canadian citizenship.
You are eligible for applying if you fulfil the necessities in six categories.
A person who wishes to apply for a Canadian citizenship should be at least 18 years of age. In case, a permanent resident is below that age, the application should be forwarded by either the legal guardian or adoptive parent. This can also be done if either parent of the underage person is already a Canadian citizen or is applying simultaneously with the underage person.
The applicant should have permanent resident status that is not being legally questioned. You become automatically non-eligible for a Canadian citizenship if your immigration status is being investigated or an order for removal from Canada has been issued against you by Canadian officials.
The application for Canadian citizenship can be forwarded if you have been residing in Canada for a minimum period of 3 years or 1,095 days. This period of residence should fall in the past four years before forwarding of the application. This criterion is applicable only if you are above 18.
The person who wished to apply for Canadian citizenship should be adequately efficient in either English or French which are the official languages of Canada. An applicant between the age of 18 and 54 should attach proof of his listening and speaking skills in either of the languages with his application.
Your application is automatically cancelled if you have any criminal history – either past or present – in the country in three years prior to forwarding your application. Conviction for a war crime or a crime against humanity would also make you ineligible.
Naturally, the country demands certain awareness about its various aspects from its citizens. The applicant would be tested on responsibilities, rights and privileges of a citizen as well as knowledge on Canadian history, institutions, values and symbols.
Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship would be provided free once your application has been received.
Canadian citizenship is a fairly easy process if you fulfil the eligibility criteria.