Forge Your Path Toward Canadian Citizenship in Ottawa, ON
After establishing Canadian permanent residency, you are afforded several rights, including the right to live, work, and study anywhere in Canada. Furthermore, you can now apply for Canadian citizenship. Pilkington Immigration is here to help you on your journey to achieving Canadian Citizenship in Ottawa, ON.
How To Get Canadian Citizenship
There are specific Canadian citizenship requirements that must be followed closely. To become a Canadian citizen, you must:
- 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 (if you are between the ages of 18 and 54 only)
Canadian Citizenship Test
Once your Canadian citizenship application has been approved, you will need to take a citizenship test. You will be invited to take the citizenship test after receiving confirmation that your completed application has started being processed. The citizenship test allows you to demonstrate what you know about Canada. There are 20 questions which cover:
- Rights and Responsibilities of Canadians
What To Expect During the Canadian Citizenship Test
- The Canadian citizenship test is 30 minutes long
- The test is administered in either French or English and
- The test is both multiple-choice and true/false questions
During the COVID-19 pandemic, this test was administered online and will continue until further notice. After the test, you will meet with an official for an interview.
Oath of Citizenship
The final stage of the citizenship process is the oath of citizenship. You will receive communications regarding your ceremony date two weeks before the ceremony. If you are unable to attend, you will need to provide the reason as to why you cannot attend so that a new date can be scheduled. Some important details to remember include the following:
- Adults and children 14 or older need to attend the citizenship ceremony and take the oath
- Children under 14 can attend the ceremony but are not required to swear the oath
- During COVID-19, this ceremony has been conducted online and will continue until further notice
Parent/Guardian Applying for Minor
The application under subsection 5(2) is intended for minors (persons under 18) who are permanent residents of Canada applying simultaneously as their parent or who already have a Canadian parent.
Minor Without Canadian Parent
This application under subsection 5(1) is intended for minors (under 18) who are permanent residents and do not have a parent applying for citizenship at the same time as them and do not already have a Canadian parent. This application must be made by a person who has custody of the minor or is empowered to act on their behalf by virtue of a court order, written agreement, or by operation of law. The authorized person applying for the minor does not have to be a Canadian citizen. Minors who do not have an authorized person to apply on their behalf can request a waiver of this requirement on the application form.
Contact Pilkington Immigration to learn more about applying for Canadian Citizenship. After obtaining citizenship, you can begin to assist your parents or grandparents with joining you in your new home through parent sponsorship. We hope to guide you through the complicated nature of this and all immigration matters.