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Canadian Citizenship - Jennifer Roggemann Law Office

Becoming a Canadian citizen can be a complex, but ultimately rewarding process.  Below you’ll find some basic information about the journey toward citizenship.

Requirements For Canadian Citizenship

There are several important criteria that must be met before citizenship can be granted.

Age and Residency Considerations

Applicants for citizenship must be at least 18 years of age. If the applicant is under 18, the person applying must be the child’s parent, adoptive parent, or legal guardian. In addition, at least one parent or adoptive parent must already be a Canadian citizen or in the process of applying for citizenship.

For citizenship to be granted, adult applicants must have lived in Canada for at least three of the last four years prior to their application. Time spent in Canada prior to becoming a permanent resident may also be applied toward this requirement. There is an exception to this residency requirement for children under the age of 18.

Permanent Resident Status

To become a Canadian citizen, you must have the status of permanent resident in Canada, and there should be no issues that raise any doubt about that status. Immigration investigations, inquiries, or removal orders may all result in a denial for your citizenship request.

Examinations Required

Canada has two official languages, French and English. Adequate knowledge of one or both of these languages is required in order to become a Canadian citizen. There will be a test administered to determine if you are able to effectively communicate in either French or English. You will be graded based upon the ability to understand basic spoken statement and questions, as well as the ability to communicate the same. You will also be expected to answer simple questions on familiar topics, show that you are capable of normal, everyday communication, give simple instructions and directions, and express satisfaction or dissatisfaction.

You must also demonstrate basic knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, such as voting in elections. You should be familiar with Canada’s history, values, and national symbols.

Impact of Criminal Record On Your Citizenship Application

A criminal history can complicate or derail your application to become a Canadian citizen. If you have been indicted for a criminal offense in the last three years prior to your application, citizenship will be denied. You may also encounter problems if you are currently charged with a criminal offense; currently incarcerated, on parole, or probation; if you are under a removal order, or if you have been charged with a war crime or crime against humanity. If you have previously lost Canadian citizenship, that may also be potential grounds for refusal of your application.  Those on parole will have to wait until the parole period has ended before submitting a citizenship application.

An Experienced Immigration Lawyer Can Help

Immigration lawyer Jennifer Roggemann provides a wide variety of immigration- and resident-related services, including Canadian citizenship applications. She can provide assistance with the application and supporting documentation, as well as providing guidance and coaching for each step in the process.

The Law Offices of Jennifer Roggemann are located at 1135 King St E Kitchener, ON N2G 2N3 and she can be reached by calling (519) 744-3570.  She serves Kitchener and all surrounding areas, and is committed to prompt and courteous communication, excellent follow-through, and timely preparation and filing of all relevant documents for your immigration case. Call now to get connected and start your Canadian citizenship application today.