Immigration Consultant in Vancouver, BC
Applying for your Canadian citizenship is the last step of an immigrant's journey and for some people, this process could take as short as three years or as long as ten years from the time they were permanent residents of Canada.
A status of permanent resident is a requirement before you apply for citizenship. Even if you marry a Canadian, you do not become a citizen right away. A permanent resident enjoys the same rights and benefits as citizens except for the ability to vote, run for political office, or be employed in jobs that require a high level of security such as working in the federal government. In addition, Canadian laws allow for dual and even multiple citizenships. This means that even if you are a Canadian citizen, you can still retain citizenship from another country (although please check with that country's embassy if they allow for dual or multiple citizenships).
To know more about what benefits both permanent residents and Canadian citizens enjoy including visa-free travel, free healthcare, social welfare programs and the like, click this link.
- be a permanent resident
- have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
- have filed your taxes, if you need to
- pass a test on your rights, responsibilities and knowledge of Canada
- prove your language skills
At MVC Immigration Consulting, we understand that applying for your Canadian citizenship is an emotional, stressful, but also an exciting part of your life. We prepare your application for you and your family and ensure a hassle-free experience so you can focus on the Canadian citizenship test and/or your English and/or French exam. Contact us today!
How much does it cost to apply for Canadian citizenship?
- For adults (18 and older) - processing fee ($530) and right of citizenship fee ($100)
- For minors (under 18) - processing fee ($100)
What can I do if my citizenship application is refused?
You can apply for Canadian citizenship again. This new application must include all the required forms and documents, including a new application fee. There is no waiting period before you can reapply. However, you should make sure you meet the requirements for Canadian citizenship before you reapply.
Do I become a Canadian citizen when I marry a Canadian?
No. Marrying a Canadian citizen doesn’t give you citizenship. If you want to become a Canadian citizen, you must follow the same steps as everyone else. There isn’t a special process for spouses of Canadian citizens.
I am a citizen of another country. Will I lose that citizenship if I become a Canadian?
Under Canadian law, you can be both a Canadian citizen and a citizen of another country. However, some countries won’t let you keep their citizenship if you become a Canadian citizen. The consulate or embassy of your other country of citizenship can tell you whether this applies to you.