When you relocate to Quebec, you may find yourself thinking to the future, and the option of staying permanently in Canada. If this is a possibility for you and your family, Canadian Citizenship is the way to go, but there are steps that you will need to take in order to do this.
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Check if you are eligible for Canadian citizenship
Understand your current status in Canada. You must be a permanent resident of Canada to apply. Assess how long you have lived here, how well you know Canada (including its laws, values, symbols and history) your age, criminal history, and as your language abilities in French and/or English. If all of this is in check and you are eligible, you can proceed with the application process. For more detailed information on your eligibility for Canadian Citizenship, click here.
Applying for Canadian citizenship
In order to apply for Canadian citizenship, you will need to fill out the application (click here) for either adults or minors. To complete the application have your permanent residency information, travel history information, know where have resided while in Canada, as well as general information about yourself.
Since the application is a PDF you can either fill it out in Adobe Acrobat, or print it and fill it out by hand. Photocopies of documents you need to include should be mailed with the application. Forgetting something, or not providing what is asked for will cause your application to be delayed.
After you submit your application, if you are between the ages of 18 year and 54 year old, you will need to prepare for the Canadian citizenship test, which you can do by ordering the preparation book, Discover Canada. Look over the practice questions, here. If you are between the ages of 18 years and 54 years old, a copy will be sent to you when your application is received. If your application is approved, you will be sent a letter from the government with a time and date for your test. You will find out right away if you pass the test, and you will then receive the information about the time and date of the citizenship ceremony you are to attend.
More to know about Canadian citizenship:
- A routine citizenship application has a processing time of about 25 months. If the application is not routine, or extra information is required, the application can about 35 months.
- There is a fee of $200 per adult application, and $100 per application for children under 18 years old.
- You are able to hold dual citizenship if you are a Canadian citizen. However, even though Canada allows this, you will want to check with your country’s embassy to see if you will be able to hold dual citizenship with your home country.
- If you marry a Canadian citizen, you are not automatically a citizen of Canada. You will still need to apply for Canadian residency, and then proceed to follow the application process to apply for Canadian Citizenship.
- If you don’t attend the test, ceremony, and a scheduled interview or hearing with a judge, or if you don’t submit the required documents, the CIC will close your application if you do not contact them to explain what happened.