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Becoming a Canadian citizen requires an understanding of Canadian immigration and citizenship law, as well as knowledge of the government processes that control immigration and citizenship. An application to become a Canadian citizen has several conditions which you must have met in the years prior to submitting the application which you should be aware of early on. If you need assistance in obtaining citizenship or in filling out the application forms for citizenship, contact Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky. He will answer your questions, guide you through the process, and help you obtain Canadian citizenship.

The Citizenship Process

In order to be eligible for citizenship in Canada you must be a permanent resident of Canada and at least 18 years of age. Children may also become citizens based on their parent’s or legal guardian’s status in Canada. One parent or legal guardian must already be a Canadian citizen or must be applying to become a citizen at the same time.

To apply for citizenship, you must have lived in Canada as a permanent resident for at least three out of the five years immediately preceding your application for citizenship. For these purposes, each day you lived in Canada since becoming a permanent resident counts for one full day toward the requirement, while every day you lived in Canada with temporary status prior to becoming a permanent resident counts for only a half-day.

The citizenship application requires applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 to demonstrate adequate knowledge of either French or English. “Adequate knowledge” of either language means that you must have the ability to speak and understand basic questions and statements and will require proof of completion of a secondary or post-secondary program in either English or French. Alternatively, you will have to pass an approved English or French language test, complete a LINC or provincial language program.

Additionally, the application requires those seeking citizenship to have an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens, such as voting laws, elections, basic civic laws, and assisting others in the community. Additionally, applicants must demonstrate knowledge about Canada’s government, history, and symbols.

The Citizenship Application

Once your application is processed, you will be sent a citizenship guide which will help you prepare for the test portion of the application. The application process requires applicants to either pass a citizenship test or be interviewed by a citizenship judge regarding their knowledge of English, French, and Canadian history and customs. Minor children do not have to take a citizenship test and are not required to have knowledge of either English or French. Foreign-born citizens who are adopted by Canadian citizens may be eligible for citizenship without having to live in Canada or having to take a citizenship test.

Citizenship Conditions

Citizenship is open to permanent residents in Canada, although certain conditions may exclude you from citizenship. You cannot become a Canadian citizen in the following circumstances:

  • You are in prison, on parole, or on probation;
  • You have been in prison for a year or longer during the last 4 years;
  • You were convicted of or are currently charged with an indictable offense;
  • You are under a removal order; or
  • Your Canadian citizenship was revoked in the last 5 years.

Toronto Immigration Lawyer Larry Butkowsky Can Help With Your Dream of Canadian Citizenship

Applying for Canadian citizenship may seem like a relatively simple administrative process, but given its importance and the impact a successful application will have on your life, you should obtain the assistance of a skilled and experienced immigration lawyer who can ensure that nothing stands in the way of your dream of Canadian citizenship. Toronto immigration lawyer Larry Butkowsky of Butkowsky Immigration Law has over 20 years of experience helping people reach their immigration goals, including obtaining Canadian citizenship.

Larry Butkowsky and his legal team are ready and available to assist you and your family in achieving your immigration goals. The firm focuses exclusively on immigration and refugee law, and represents clients who wish to become permanent residents or citizens, as well as those seeking temporary entry or short-term residence in Canada for work or educational purposes. Larry also helps those seeking refugee protection. Larry can assist clients with every step of the immigration process, from determining which immigration avenue is right for you to completing applications and paperwork to helping you prepare for interviews. Larry also advocates for his clients in immigration litigation, including appeals, judicial reviews, hearings, and deportation proceedings. With more than two decades of experience, Larry Butkowsky has earned the respect of the Toronto legal community and the gratitude of many satisfied clients. He is committed to protecting his clients’ rights and making sure that the immigration and transition to Canadian life is a smooth one. His firm is located at 41 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S2, or he may be reached by calling (416) 979-2127.

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