Editor’s Pick: Becoming a Canadian Citizen
One of the best things about moving to Canada is the chance we are given to become Canadian Citizens someday. Luckily for us, CIC made big changes last October 2017 which include physical presence, and language requirements which made the application easier and faster.
FAQ: Should I give up my Filipino Citizenship? Read the Pros and Cons here (link).
Want to know who can and how to apply for Canadian Citizenship? Read on below.
The existing qualifications for Canadian citizenship application for adults are as follows:
- Be a permanent resident
- 18 years of age or older
- Have filed income tax returns for at least 3 out of 5 years
- Present in Canada for at least 3 out of 5 years
- Days spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident,within 5 yearsof applying for citizenship, count as half days (up to 365 days) towards physical presence requirements.
To make sure you meet the Physical Presence Requirements, you can use this calculator provided by CIC: https://eservices.cic.gc.ca/rescalc/resCalcStartNew.do?&lang=en
If you qualify based on the calculator, print a copy of the result and attach it to your application.
- Prove the proficiency in English or French if you are between 18-54 years old
FAQ: I don’t have IELTS or CELPIP. How can I prove my English proficiency? If your diploma is written in English, you can use that as a proof.
Pretty straight forward, eh? Let us move on to the documents.
To apply for Canadian Citizenship, you must fill out the Application for Canadian Citizenship. You also need to attach the copies of the following information, documents, forms, required fees, including postal codes for all Canadian and overseas addresses. If any of the following is/are missing, the application will be considered incomplete and the application will be sent back to you:
- Application Package
- Document Checklist (CIT 007)
- Application for Canadian Citizenship – Adults (Form CIT 0002)
- Photocopy of Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5688)
- Photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card (PRC)
- Photocopy of any of the following language evidences if you are 18 to 54 years old:
- Results of an accepted third-party test (eg: CELPIP-G, IELTS, TEF, etc.)
- Proof of completion of a secondary (high school) or post-secondary (college/university) program conducted in French or English either in Canada or abroad (ie: diploma, transcript, or certificate indicating successful graduation or completion)
- Photocopies of biographical pages of valid and expired passports or travel documents within 6 5 years or since you became a permanent resident
- Photocopy of both sides of two (2) pieces of personal identification, one of which must have photo on it
- Two (2) citizenship photos
- Original police certificates or clearance from each country (other than Canada) where you were present for a total of 183 days or more in the four (4) years before the date of application. (For Filipinos, some may be required to apply for police certificate/NBI Clearance)
- Copy of the result from the online physical presence calculator
Submit a copy of the Payment Receipt. The receipt showing total payment of application fees for individual or family members applying together. The payment can be made online as they don’t accept other payment methods.
- Send your application to this address for regular mail:
Case Processing Centre—Sydney
P.O. Box 7000
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6V6
Send your application to this address for courier mail:
Case Processing Centre—Sydney
I am currently applying for my Canadian Citizenship. The process is pretty simple. So far, I have submitted my papers and have gotten an acknowledgement for it. Here’s my timeline:
Nov 20, 2017 – Application submitted
Jan 18, 2018 – AOR received
April 26, 2018 – Received Notice of Schedule
May 10, 2018 – Examination Day. 20/20 (passed)
I’ll create a separate article where or what materials I used.
Are you looking forward to becoming a Canadian Citizen? Watch me live on Filipino Portal and we can do a review study for the Citizenship exam together. Let me know if you are in the same process as I am. I decided to write this and post it while I just started my application so I can share with you my experiences as I go through the whole process.
Disclaimer: All the information in this article is solely based on the information posted on Canada.ca at the time being. To make sure you are update, regularly visit the official website and check for updates regarding the Canadian Citizenship application.
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