When you compare the majority of Western countries to Canada, it is the latter that ranks quite highly in terms of the percentage of immigrants that go on to obtain citizenship. As this is a reference to the legal status of a person, becoming a Canadian citizen occurs in one of two ways: through birth, or a process referred to as “naturalization”.
If you are an immigrant that came to Canada, settled in, and are able to meet certain criteria: congratulations! There’s a huge chance you are eligible to apply for citizenship in Canada through naturalization. Getting citizenship in Canada is the essential end goal, the very last step for many immigrants when it comes to their process of immigration. Successful integration is best measured through this milestone-upon earning this, immigrants then have much better opportunities for jobs. They also earn the right to vote and can even, if they so wish, enter the political arena.
The political rights earned by people who become citizens of Canada have several forms. It can be through voting in elections on the municipal, provincial and even federal scale. Additionally, this means that it will be possible to run for Canadian elections or even take part in managing various government layers that exist.
Citizenship also allows for accessibility to several jobs that need a higher security clearance level. A good example of such occupations would be anything that is found at the federal level.
It is worth noting that dual citizenship—or multiple, even—is allowable under Canadian law. This means that someone who becomes a Canadian citizen will not be made to choose between that or the one from the country they originated from. When a child is born in Canada, for as long as their parents are already citizens, they will become Canadian citizens by default without requiring a process of application.
Most notably, all Canadian citizens regardless of how they legally earned citizenship gain a passport. This allows them much more freedom when traveling, and increases the number of countries they can visit with no visa. In turn, getting visas where they are needed becomes far easier as a citizen of Canada. Of course, having a Canadian passport also helps in dramatically lowering possible issues when entering the country.
Before being able to apply for Canadian citizenship, there is a criteria that must be met, which an immigration agency can help you with:
* Cannot have criminal history that will fall under the prohibitive category to being granted citizenship in Canada.
* Should already have PR (permanent resident) status in Canada.
* Should have lived in Canada for at least 1,095 days or three years out of five prior to filing an application.
* Should know basic Canadian geography, history, and the political system.
* Should pass the test provided in order to prove an awareness of both responsibilities and rights of Canadian citizens.
* Should speak at least one of the two official languages of Canada (English or French) enough to properly communicate.
There is an entire host of benefits to fully becoming a citizen of Canada. It is a two-way street, as both the immigrant and the host country gain a lot of good. Getting the guidance of a professional immigration consultant is always key in being able to go through things legally and surely.
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