Canada in recent time has opened its doors to the world allowing thousands of skilled, semi-skilled persons and families to visit, reside (either temporarily or permanently) and ultimately become Canadian citizens if you meet some of her criteria/requirements.
Today, more and more people visit and apply for different visa category (immigration, student, work etc.) to Canada each year and many are still aspiring to enter the country.
The country is big and beautiful no doubt, they have a great labor market for investors, businessmen or women or for those who are just seeking to work and settle in Canada. A lot of visas, immigration, and student scholarship programs have been set in motion to help bring in foreigners who which to ply their trade/activities in the country.
Depending on what your intentions are for coming to Canada the country is always eager to welcome you or send you back if your purpose is bad. You are giving a temporary visa either as a student, worker, businessman/woman, tourist or a visitor, which means at some point in your stay you must leave the country back to your home country. Unless you make your temporary visa a permanent one or you become a citizen.
This article is focused on giving you details on how to become a Canadian citizen following the right steps and processes.
How can I become a citizen in Canada?
To become a citizen of Canada you must first obtain a Permanent Resident (PR) Card which is also similar to the citizenship. Which means you’d have to be residing in Canada and you must have stayed for a period of time.
The PR lets’ you live, work and also study in Canada on a permanent basis. It allows you to enjoy similar privileges as a Canadian citizen would, but it will not permit you to vote or run for any electoral offices or apply for some defense jobs.
You can change your Canadian statues if you have stayed in Canada for a period of time as a permanent resident so that you can enjoy all the benefits.
What is the period of time it would take to obtain a Citizenship as a PR?
So many would want to be addressed as Citizens and might not just be ok with being a Permanent Resident, in this situation you can go ahead to file for citizenship after you meet all the requirement.
According to the Canadian law regarding citizenship Act C-6 Amendments of 2017, you must be present physically in Canada for a period of 3 to 5 years before you can apply for a Citizenship.
Which means you must have spent 3 years or more in Canada on a permanent resident status before you can apply.
- You will need a PR card
- The number of years or the period you have resided in Canada.
- Tax record on your earnings.
- Proficiency in English Language or French.
- No criminal records of you
- You must have a good knowledge of Canada.
So, this is basically all you need to about how long it would take to be a citizen in Canada. I hope it helps, share with others.