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How to Improve Your Canadian Citizenship Application

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"As a permanent resident, if you are planning to apply for Canadian citizenship, it is best to ensure that you submit a completed application to avoid any delays. There are important things you may do to improve your citizenship application and get ahead of the mistakes."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Oct 24, 2021
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As a permanent resident, if you are planning to apply for Canadian citizenship, it is best to ensure that you submit a completed application to avoid any delays. There are important things you may do to improve your citizenship application and get ahead of the mistakes. 

How to Improve Your Canadian Citizenship Application?

Employment in Canada: 

It is pretty usual for permanent residents to be gainfully employed in Canada. Having a job or a valid job offer at the time of your citizenship application will make you look like a more viable candidate as it shows that you have established a career here. You can always find employment opportunities at the website of Canada Job Bank, Indeed, or Workopolis. 

Stay Up-to-Date on Immigration News: 

The Canadian immigration system is constantly evolving and it is very important to stay on top of what’s happening. In 2017, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reduced the amount of time you were required to reside in Canada to be eligible for citizenship by introducing the C-6 Bill. Another amendment in this bill increased the age requirement of dependent children to 22. 

Learn Canadian History: 

One of the requirements to obtain Canadian citizenship is that you have to take a citizenship test. This test will check how well you know about Canadian history and culture. Only applicants under the age of 18 and over 54 are exempt from this requirement. The citizenship test will test you based on your knowledge of Canadian history, institutions, symbols, values, and rights of the citizens. 

You have to take this test in either English or French, so language proficiency is also very important. If you fail the test, you can take another one. If you fail thrice, then you won’t be able to take another test, but you will still be required to attend an interview with a citizenship officer. 

Language Proficiency: 

As mentioned above, the citizenship test will be taken in either English or French. Therefore, your ability to communicate in either of these languages will be very important to your citizenship application. To demonstrate your language proficiency, you do the following:

  1. Attend a government-funded language program and score at least a level 4 on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) for English or French, or
  2. Submit test results of accepted language tests like the English Language Proficiency Index Program General Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General. For French, the following language tests are accepted:
  • Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF);
  • Test d’Évaluation du Français adapté au Québec; or
  • TEF pour la naturalisation

If you have studied in Canada at the secondary or university level, then you do not need to provide the above to demonstrate your language proficiency. A minimum level of 6.5 on the CLB is perfect to improve your citizenship application.

Meet Residency Requirements: 

One of the most important requirements for Canadian citizenship is to spend at least 3 out of 5 years as a permanent resident in the country. You are required to meet residency requirements by physically residing in Canada for at least 1095 days within 5 years. Any prolonged absences can affect your eligibility for Canadian citizenship.

File Taxes: 

It is very important that you have your taxes sorted out, not only to avoid any issues from the Canadian Revenue Services (CRS) but also for immigration purposes. At the time of your application, the IRCC will check your tax record to ensure that there is no outstanding tax liability against you. Having such liability can affect your chances of receiving Canadian citizenship.

Keep a Clean Criminal Record: 

It is a myth that permanent residents can not be deported. Canada is ranked as one of the top 10 safest countries in the world and it wants law-abiding citizens. Committing even non serious crimes or having misdemeanors on your record can get you denied entry to Canada. The following conditions will make you ineligible for Canadian citizenship:

  • Having a removal order issued against you
  • Committing crimes against humanity
  • Misrepresentation
  • Immigration fraud
  • Being considered a threat to national security
  • Being involved in an investigation
  • Being on trail

You may be required to submit biometric information if there is no previous record. However, if you are already on the system, then you need not worry about it. You can contact the IRCC at 1-888-242-2100 to address any issues you may have.

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