Do you want to obtain Canadian citizenship? Follow these steps and you will eventually be able to enjoy “Canada Hockey Night” with beer in your frozen hands.
1- Download a set of required documents or call to have them sent to you. If you have minor children, there is a separate package of documents for them.
2- Check out the manual. It is sent with a package of documents or you can download it from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website. From it you will find out what current contributions you will have to pay, where to pay them, what documents you will need to submit and how to fill them out.
3- Pay the dues. This can be done at most banks in Canada or online through the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
4- Fill out the application and provide copies of all requested documents (do not send originals). If the document is not in English or French, have it translated and certified by a notary. It is necessary to present two documents identifying the person – a passport, driver’s license or your medical record. All of these documents must contain your photograph.
5- Submit your application for Canadian citizenship to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If your family members are also applying for citizenship, send their documents too.
6- Study the brochure entitled “A Look at Canada” after you are notified that your application has been received and is being processed. Learn as much as you can about the Canadian election process, Canada’s history and geography, and your rights and responsibilities as a Canadian citizen. Learn English or French, as you should be able to speak one of them without assistance when taking a test or interview.
7- Take the written test and get ready to meet with the citizenship inspector. The written test will take about 30 minutes, and the interview will take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
Tips and Warnings
Approximately 150,000 people become Canadian citizens every year. If you have any questions about the Canadian citizenship process, please contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
If you have lived in Canada for less than 2 years as a permanent resident, you cannot apply for Canadian citizenship. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada website has an online calculator to help you determine how long you have been living in Canada in order to use this service.