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  • Writer's pictureHeather MacIntyre

Oh Canada!

The Canadian Citizenship Process:

How do you know when its time to apply for citizenship? This is a pressing question for many Canadian permanent residents whose end goal is to obtain that coveted blue passport and the right to call themselves Canadian citizens!

Canada recognizes dual citizenship, meaning that you can be a citizen of both Canada, and your home country at the same time!

It is a great privilege to be Canadian, and along with the title comes a great many rights and responsibilities including:

  • You can vote

  • Your status in Canada is protected, you cannot be deported

  • You can apply for a Canadian passport and the right to travel to 183 countries visa-free

  • You can pass citizenship rights down to your children

The process of applying for citizenship begins once you have held permanent resident status and have been physically present in Canada for 1,095 days in a five year period (or 3/5 years). You can file an online citizenship application and easily upload the required documents.

Next, applicants between the ages of 18-54 years old are required to take a citizenship test about the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. As well as about Canada's history, geography, economy, government etc. It is 20 questions long and study guides are available to help you prepare.

Following the test, you will have a short interview with a citizenship official, and if you pass you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of citizenship.

When all is said and done, you will be able to call yourself a citizen of this amazing country, and have all the benefits as someone who was born here.

It is not obligatory to apply for citizenship. Some Canadian permanent residents instead choose to maintain their PR status indefinitely.

At Current Immigration we are excited to welcome you to 'team Canada', and assist with your PR and citizenship processes. For more information about citizenship applications, requirements, and procedures, contact

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