Over 100,000 people are approved for Canadian citizenship every year, which means an even bigger number of applicants per year. With all of the people moving to and working in Canada, it is no surprise that such a large number of people apply for citizenship annually.
If you have been living in or working in this country for some time now, you may want to consider becoming a Canadian citizen. The process of applying for citizenship can be rather confusing, but hopefully, this short guide can help you along your path.
Basic steps in becoming a Canadian citizen
The first step to becoming a citizen of Canada is to determine if you are eligible. Eligibility is based on six categories: age, permanent resident status, time lived in Canada, language abilities, criminal history and other prohibitions, and knowledge of this country.
Once you have determined your eligibility, you have to complete the application for citizenship and take the citizenship test. The citizenship test is for people between 18 and 54 years of age, and it basically tests your knowledge of Canada and your language proficiency in either French or English.
If your application is approved, you will have to attend the citizenship ceremony.
The citizenship ceremony is where you will receive your citizenship certificate after taking the oath.
Where to apply for Canadian citizenship
When applying for Canadian citizenship, you many want to use the Internet to help speed up the process. You can visit the government website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for information on the entire application process. Likewise, you can download the application package from the website to begin your application.
You will have to pay for the application fees at certain banks or through the Internet. Finally, mail your application form and documents to the CIC office in Sydney, Nova Scotia.