Once you live in Canada for a certain period of time as a permanent resident, you may become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship. Canada has the highest naturalization rate globally, with 85% of eligible permanent residents becoming citizens.
As a Canadian citizen, you will enjoy the following additional benefits on top of what you have already been enjoying as a permanent resident:
- Entitled to have a Canadian passport (7th most powerful passport in the world).
- Voting rights for political campaigns and running your campaign.
- Visa-free entry to 100+ countries.
- Dual-citizenship, as you do not need to give up your home country’s passport.
- Be a permanent resident.
- Be physically present in Canada for at least 3 out of the last 5 years. Time spent outside Canada also counts in some instances. Also some time spent in Canada as a Temporary Visa holder can also count. (Feel free to reach out to us if you wish to know more about it)
- Pass the citizenship test
- Meet the language requirement (CLB 4 or higher)
- Have filed your taxes for at least 3 years during the last 5 years right before you apply.