Eligibility Criteria for Canadian Citizenship | ISA Global
Canadian Permanent Resident Visa is the most favorite among the people who wish to live abroad for a better salary and a high standard of living. After living for at least four years in Canada as a Permanent Resident, can apply for a Canadian Citizenship. But to be eligible for Canadian Citizenship, a candidate must meet the following criteria:
- A candidate must have lived in Canada as a permanent Resident for at least 4 years (1,460 days) before applying for the Canadian Citizenship. Children under the age of 18 years must also have a PR or the Permanent Residency Visa, but they don’t have to fulfill the 3 year requirement.
- Applicant must be able to achieve the required language proficiency in both of Canada’s two official languages, English and French. People between the ages of 18years to 64 years are required to submit a proof of their language proficiency.
- Candidates must have zero criminal records.
- Candidates must have a knowledge about the rights and responsibilities of the Canadian Citizens.
- Candidates must also have a basic knowledge about Canadian political system and Canada’s Geography.
- Candidates must submit an online application to the IRCC or the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and pay a nominal Government processing fee and a right of citizenship fee.
- Once accepted, candidates are required to take a citizenship test (for candidates between 18years – 54 years of age only). Successful candidates are then required to attend a Citizenship ceremony where they are presented with a certificate of Canadian citizenship and officially become a Canadian Citizen.
- Language requirements: To provide a document of proof of language proficiency, a candidate must submit any of the following documents:
- Result of IELTS, PTE or any other accepted third party test; or
- Diploma from a post-secondary education in English or French language; or
- Certificate of achievement CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 4 or higher in some government language programs.
Chances of rejection or ineligibility may arise due to the following issues:
- When a candidate does not meet the minimum required number of residency days in Canada; i.e. 1,460 days.
- When a candidate cannot speak either English or French.
- When a candidate is unable to pass the basic citizenship test and/or interview.
- When a candidate is unable to provide documents supporting that he had been living in Canada for the last four years.
There are many legal and criminal issues than can hinder your Citizenship acceptance. And if any of the following applies to your case, you may not able to apply for the Canadian Citizenship:
- If a candidate has been convicted of a criminal offence in the last 3 years.
- If a candidate is in prison, on parole or probation.
- If a candidate is under an investigation involving a war crime or a crime against humanity.
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