Canadian Citizenship Requirements

The Requirements for Canadian Citizenship

The rules regarding the requirements for Canadian citizenship test had been changed with effect from November 2012. In the new regulations, the difficulty level of the language skill assessment and citizenship test has been raised to a higher level of competence.

Any individual who aspires for Canadian citizenship should take the citizenship test if they are in the age group of 18 to 54. In addition to this, the applicant should also give proof of his skill in listening and speaking either French or English, the official languages of Canada.

For language skills, objective evidence of efficiency in the said skills should be given at the time of submission of application. Once the application has been processed and approved, the applicant would be called for the Canadian citizenship test.

The oral session

In case you fail to get through the citizenship test, you would be intimated by the CIC and a second chance would be given where you have a personal interview with the citizenship judge. The interview is an additional opportunity to convince the judge that you have the eligibility for Canadian citizenship.

Documents required

When you have been called for an interview with the citizenship judge, you are expected to give proof of your residency requirement. The accepted documents are the ones related to tax, leases or even statements from banks. The purpose here is to prove that you were physically present in Canada for a minimum of 3 years during the filing of the application for Canadian citizenship.

At times, the judge may demand to examine all the documents that would support your claim. Your priority here should be to convince the citizenship judge that you are deserving of Canadian citizenship. So be prepared or you may have to pay very dearly for your laxity.

Language assessment

The interview is used to assess your language skills too. A test score of 4.0 in speaking and 4.5 in listening in IELTS is considered as sufficient proof of your skills. In French the expected score is 181 and 145 in speaking and listening.

Your seriousness in preparing yourself for the Canadian citizenship test would decide the rate of your success.