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Canada is Welcoming, But Becoming a Citizen Is Not Guaranteed

Canada welcomes almost anyone wishing to apply for citizenship. But in the interests of protecting its borders and citizens, certain eligibility criteria must be met and procedures must be followed. Due to the complex nature of the application process, it is always recommended that you retain the services of a skilled lawyer who specializes in immigration and citizenship law. You want an experienced immigration law firm like Sherritt Greene that will be able to provide guidance and counsel throughout the process and ensure that your application is prepared, submitted, and handled in a way that gives you the best chance of obtaining citizenship.

How Can You Become a Canadian Citizen?

In order to apply for Canadian citizenship:

  • You must be over the age of 18. Applications for minors can be made by a parent or legal guardian who is already a Canadian citizen or applying to be one.
  • You must have been a permanent resident for a minimum of three out of the last four years before you apply. Every day since you became a permanent resident counts as a day toward this time, while every day prior to becoming a permanent resident counts as a half-day.
  • If you’re between the ages of 18 and 54, you must be able to speak and write in one of Canada’s official languages: English or French. Minors are exempt from this requirement.
  • Adult applicants must pass a citizenship test demonstrating an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens, including laws, voting policies, government history and community service expectations.
  • You must make the citizenship application from within Canadian borders.

You are ineligible for Canadian citizenship if you are currently imprisoned or have recently served a prison sentence. Citizenship will also be denied if you have been charged with or convicted of an indictable crime or are under a pending deportation order. If you have previously come to Canada on a student or work visa prior to becoming a permanent resident, some of that time may count toward the number of days that you need to qualify. People born in another country who are adopted by Canadian citizens may be eligible for citizenship without the test and language requirement.

Application forms need to be downloaded and filled out for all parties wishing to obtain citizenship, including children. Supporting documentation needs to be assembled and fees paid.  Successfully completing the process and being granted Canadian citizenship is by no means guaranteed, and if there are barriers that appear to stand in your way, an experienced immigration lawyer can evaluate your situation, provide you with options, and give you the best chance at obtaining the valuable Canadian citizenship you desire.

Sherritt Greene – Experienced Calgary Immigration Lawyers

Since opening its doors in 1998, the law firm of Sherritt Greene has become one of the most successful immigration law firms in Calgary, Alberta. They have worked with clients from across the globe seeking to travel or immigrate to Canada. With more than 50 years of legal experience between them, Michael Sherritt and Michael Greene remain committed to the highest standards of their profession, and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for each and every client. The offices of the Sherritt Greene Immigration Law Centre are located at 301 Mount Royal Village, 1550 8th St. SW, Calgary, Alberta TR2 1K1, Canada. Call Sherritt Greene at (866) 847-6361 for a consultation about your immigration matter.