How to Gain Citizenship in Canada: The Department of Immigration Tests

September 4th, 2009

Test Citizenship canada ImmigrationThe First Steps of Immigration to Canada Compared to many other countries in the world, Canada has one of the most lenient systems for letting immigrants in. In fact, Canada has the highest amount of immigrants per capita than any other country in the world.

Although you must fill out an application, prove your permanent residency, take an exam, pay a fee and attend a ceremony, the steps are fairly straightforward and can easily be accomplished with a bit of time and effort.

So what are these steps to becoming a Canadian citizen?

First of all, you need to be a permanent resident of Canada for a certain amount of time before you can apply for citizenship. If you are travelling and have fallen in love with Canada, you simply cannot apply for citizenship and remain in the country. You have to live, work and contribute to society for at least two years before you are allowed to apply.

Once you have gained permanent residency through the various methods, you will need to fill out an application form and pay the appropriate citizenship fee of 0 CAD. Compared to other countries, this fee is peanuts and so is the application process. Consider yourself lucky. You will need to prove your identity with a birth certificate or passport and your permanent resident with a landing card or other means of proof.

You will need to have certain officials sign your application and drop it off at a Government immigration office for approval.

Testing your Canadian Knowledge for Citizenship If your application is approved then you will be sent a study guide, A Look at Canada and an invitation to write the Canadian citizenship exam (if you are under 55). You will need to study this booklet as the exam is no walk in the park.

The exam will test you on Canadian politics, history, geography, trades, parliament and important Canadian figures. It will also test your basic understanding of either English or French as you must be able to speak one or the other in order to become a citizen.

Test yourself, make notes and study study study in order to ensure you succeed in the exam.

Other Department of Immigration Duties to Become a Canadian Citizen If you are successful in passing your test you will have to participate in a ceremony and swear an Oath of Allegiance to the country of Canada. You will stand in front of a citizenship judge and make your oath before receiving your form and certificate of Citizenship.

Dual Citizenship Canada Canada recognizes dual citizenship. This means that, when you become a Canadian citizen, you do not have to forfeit your old country. However, many countries do not recognize dual citizenship and thus, if you return to your home country, you may have to forfeit your Canadian citizenship or return as a visitor to your home country.

It’s best to look into this before going through the Canadian citizenship process.