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Dos and Don’ts of Applying for Citizenship

Here at Immigration Direct we have some helpful hints for you to consider when you begin to apply for citizenship in Canada. Keep in mind that these are just outlines and you should check out some of our other articles for more detailed descriptions of the process.

As a general rule if you are under the age of 18 you must have your parent or guardian apply for you. These dos and don’ts address concerns that adults may encounter during the process.

Dos:

  • Get Permanent Residency
    Permanent Residency is the right to live, work and study in Canada and is required before you apply for citizenship. After you get citizenship it is significantly easier to get your relatives Permanent Residency as well!
  • Apply!
    You can’t become a citizen if you never bother to apply for it! Starting the application process is the first step to realizing your goal of becoming a citizen of Canada. Immigration Direct can help you start your application today online!
  • Study for the test
    When you apply for citizenship you will eventually have to demonstrate that you are familiar enough with Canadian society, government and history. It is a good idea to study for this test, but it is also likely that you will learn it during the course of your stay as a Permanent Resident.
  • Learn English or French
    English and French are the two official languages of Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada require citizens to be competent in at least one of them so that immigrants have an easier time adjusting to Canadian society. Fortunately you will get the opportunity to practice a lot during your stay as a temporary resident.

Don’ts:

  • Leave the country for long periods of time
    The Canadian government requires that Permanent Residents actually live within Canada’s borders for at least three out of the four years prior to their application for citizenship. This does not necessarily mean that they have to be Permanent Residents the entire time. You can live for up to a year of those three under some other immigration designation.
  • Commit Crimes
    People who have had problems with the law will be precluded from consideration for citizenship. However, there are some circumstances where you can apply after a certain period of time.
  • Lie on your application
    Lying on your citizenship application—no matter how small an infraction—will be considered fraud and your application will be rejected. The CIC has recently been cracking down on fraudulent citizenship claims, so it is very important to file correctly if you want to be able to keep your citizenship certificate.
  • Worry!
    After you apply for your citizenship certificate it may take some time for it to be processed. This can be bothersome, but if your application is filed correctly you can be sure that it will be processed and pretty soon you will be able to take the oath and be an official Canadian citizen!