Canadians are proud to be the Citizen of a great country. Canadian citizenship can be obtained by birth or by naturalization.
The people who immigrate to Canada can eventually become Canadian citizens. However, they need to apply for because it is not automatic. The applicants have to meet certain eligibility criteria for Canadian Citizenship. Naturalization is the process through which immigrants acquire Canadian citizenship. Landed immigrants who meet the eligibility criteria can acquire Canadian citizenship by naturalization. The criteria for acquiring citizenship generally include a residency requirement, knowledge of English or French and basic knowledge of Canada.
To become a Canadian citizen, you must:
Benefits of Canadian Citizenship
Being a Canadian Citizen will provide you with many opportunities such as:
Canadian Passport: Having a Canadian passport brings many advantages including, but not limited to, being able to travel to over one-hundred and seventy (170) countries without needing to apply for a visa.
Dual citizenship: Canadian law allows you to have dual citizenship if you wish, so you can have a Canadian passport without giving up your original passport.
Assistance from Canadian Embassies and Consulates: When traveling abroad consular officials can provide resources, financial help in case of an emergency, and legal aid.
The right to vote: You will have the right to vote in federal, provincial and municipal (city) elections.
Run for office: As a Canadian Citizen, you have democratic rights. You will have the right to run in municipal, provincial or federal elections.
Great job opportunities: You will have access to better jobs including federal and government jobs that only citizens can have. You will be able to work anywhere in Canada.
Freedom to travel: Canadian Citizens do not have to maintain a residence in Canada. You can travel abroad for as long as you like and you will not lose your citizenship status, unlike Permanent Residents (PR).
No deportation: As a Canadian Citizen, you cannot be deported.
Social benefits: As a Canadian citizen, you will have access to all social services & benefits offered by the Government of Canada e.g.; employment insurance or study government loans. You will also have access to basic healthcare and public school education free of charge.
Your children will be Canadian: Your children will automatically become Citizens. They will have access to all the same rights and privileges that you have, as a Canadian citizen.
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