Permanent Residents: Applying for Canadian Citizenship

Finally, you are at the final stretch of being a Canadian, and you are about to apply for your Canadian citizenship. Before you do this, you should be able to go through a number of steps.

Permanent resident

When you are a Canadian permanent resident, you are not yet a citizen but you share a number of rights. You would be able to receive a lot of the social benefits that Canadian citizens have, and these would include health care.

Restrictions for a permanent resident

Unlike Canadian citizens, there are certain things that a permanent resident cannot do. One of them would be running for political office. Permanent residents are also not allowed to vote. If ever you are convicted of a serious crime, you would have to leave the country if you are asked to.

Requirements

There are certain requirements that you have to meet in order to be eligible for Canadian citizenship. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for Canadian citizenship. Of course, another requirement is that you already have to be a permanent resident of Canada, and that you have lived there for at least 1,095 days. You also have to be knowledgeable about certain things Canadian such as your basic rights as a Canadian, and the country’s basic geography.

The language

In order to become eligible for Canadian citizenship, you must be able to speak at least one of their two official languages–English and French. You must be able to know these languages enough for you to understand the people in Canada, and for them to understand you. This is why taking language classes for English or French is highly advisable if you wish to apply for Canadian citizenship. Once you’re able to learn any of these two official languages, communicating with your fellow citizens becomes easier.

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