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CITIZENSHIP

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Since 2010, Canada has welcomed an average of more than 260,000 permanent residents each year. Furthermore, Canada has the highest rate of naturalization globally – 85% of eligible permanent residents become citizens. As a citizen, you will benefit from living in a country ranked among the top 10 in the UN Quality of Life Index since 2004.

 

Canadian citizens can carry a Canadian passport, vote in Canadian elections or run their political campaign. They have the absolute right to live in Canada and leave and enter Canada (can travel to 170+ countries visa-free). Moreover, Canada is one country that recognizes dual citizenship, so you don’t need to give up on your previous passport.

Who is eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship?

To be eligible to become a Canadian citizen, you must:

 

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada

  • Must have lived in Canada for at least 1095 days within the past five years.

    • Days spent inside Canada as a temporary resident (visitor, student or worker) can count as ½ days up to a maximum of one year total qualifying time.

  • Filed a Canadian Income Tax Return for at least three of the past five years.

  • You are proficient in either French or English, demonstrated by taking a language test or studying in either official language. Those under age 18 or over age 54 do not need to show language skills.

  • Take a test to show sufficient knowledge of Canada.

  • You are not in prison, on parole, on probation, have been convicted, charged with an offence, under a removal order, or investigated.

Canadian citizenship application process

1

Submit Your Application

Be sure to include supporting documents and Citizenship fees.

2

Write the citizenship exam

After your application has been assessed and deemed eligible for Canadian Citizenship, you will receive an invitation to write the Citizenship Exam. The exam is composed of 20 multiple choice questions and covers topics such as Canadian history, geography, and government systems. You will be provided with a link to the online study guide after submitting your Canadian Citizenship application. A passing mark on the Canadian Citizenship exam is 15 correct answers.

 

If you don’t pass the exam on your first attempt, you will be rescheduled to retake the exam in a few weeks. Suppose you are unsuccessful on your second attempt. In that case, you will be scheduled for an interview with a citizenship official so that they can speak with you about your knowledge of Canada and determine if you meet the criteria to become a Canadian Citizen.

 

Applicants under the age of 18 and over 54 do not need to take the Citizenship exam.

3

Attend an interview

On the same day that you write your Canadian Citizenship Exam, you will meet with a government official to present your original documents for inspection and have a brief conversation to verify your language skills.

4

Attend the oath ceremony

All Canadian Citizenship applicants over the age of 14 must attend a citizenship ceremony and take the Oath of Citizenship. Sometimes your oath ceremony will be scheduled on the same day as your exam, and other times it will be held on a separate day. During the ceremony, you will be presented with your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship and have the opportunity to take a photo with the Citizenship judge.

Apply for a Canadian passport

Once you have received your Canadian Citizenship Certificate, you will probably be eager to apply for a Canadian passport. You will need to wait at least two business days after your Canadian Citizenship oath ceremony before you can apply for a passport.

Applying for proof of Canadian citizenship

In some cases, you may already be a Canadian Citizen and need to apply for a Citizenship Certificate to obtain a Canadian passport. If one of your parents or grandparents was Canadian, born before 2009, there is a good chance that you became a Canadian citizen when you were born.

 

For those born outside of Canada to a Canadian Citizen in 2009 or later, the situation is less clear and will depend on where your parents were born. If you find yourself in this situation, it would be a good idea to set up an appointment with a professional to review the complex rules concerning Canadian citizenship and determine your options.

What it means to be a citizen of Canada

Canadian Citizenship means that you can live anywhere in Canada, you can work in any job, and you can sponsor your family to live with you if they are located elsewhere. You can vote in Canadian elections and even run for political office if you want to. You are eligible for a Canadian passport, and you can keep your Canadian Citizenship even if you don’t continue to live in Canada.

 

Let’s review a quick summary of the differences between Canadian Citizenship and Permanent Residence.

Benefits of Canadian Citizenship:

  • Can work and live anywhere in Canada

  • Guaranteed entry to Canada

  • Hold Canadian passport

  • Requires Canadian passport to return to Canada

  • No residency requirement

  • Can vote and run for political office

  • Remains in Canada after criminal convictions

Benefits of Permanent Residence:

  • Can work and live anywhere in Canada

  • Guaranteed entry to Canada

  • Hold passport from country of origin

  • Require PR card to return to Canada

  • Must live 2 years inside Canada in each 5 year period

  • Cannot vote or run for political office

  • Can be deported for criminal convictions

WHAT'S NEXT?

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What kind of service do you provide?
    The Labour Market Impact Assessment Work Permit Extension on the Work Permit Permanent Residence Status in Canada Relocation Assistance (S.I.N., Banking, temporary accommodation, Health Care and ESL, etc.)
  • What positions do you recruit for?
    We provide placement services primarily in the Construction, Trucking, Welding, Manufacturing, and Service Industries. Our primary focus is to assist your organization by matching you with the right employees based on your specific needs. We do this while building partnerships based on mutual respect, trust, and professionalism.
  • What countries do you recruit from?
    We recruit from any country worldwide but specialize in select countries due to the availability of high and low skilled workers and the success rate of the immigration process per country. We specialize in recruiting from the Philippines, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Macao and Singapore.
  • What is the difference between low-skill and high-skill workers?
    The National Occupational Classification or NOC defines the difference between low and high skilled workers for short. The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. Each occupation has a designated NOC code based on the skill requirements required to perform the job. High-skilled workers are designated under skill levels 0, A, or B of the National Occupational Classification Matrix. Low-skilled positions are designated as skill levels C and D of the matrix. For further information, please refer to the matrix here.
  • Can a foreign worker work for someone else?
    Foreign workers who immigrate to Canada on a temporary work visa cannot work for any other employer unless authorized to do so. To obtain authorization to work for another employer is a painstaking process. In most cases, an employee will not try to switch employers as long as they are treated fairly and the employment contract terms are met.
  • What are my obligations as an employer?
    As an employer, you are obligated to treat foreign workers the same as treating Canadian workers. A contract between the foreign worker and the potential employer is signed before the foreign worker is granted their work permit. This contract outlines the obligations made between the employer and the employee. If the foreign worker does not meet the criteria set forth by the employer for their employees, the employer is under no obligation to keep them and can terminate their contract.
  • How long does the process take?
    The length of the process depends on the position the company is recruiting for and the country they wish to recruit from. The shortest time frame to have a foreign worker in Canada is approximately one month. The waiting times to acquire a foreign worker from beginning to end range from approximately 3-7 months.
  • How much do I have to pay for wages?
    Service Canada requirements dictate that you must pay the "Median Wage." As the Median Wage changes regularly and varies by occupation and is further determined by geographical location, we ask that you please get in touch with us for the current salary in your area for a specific occupation.
  • Do I have to deduct CPP, EI and employment tax from the foreign worker?"
    Employers are responsible for deducting the same taxes as they would from their Canadian employees.
  • Do I have to provide accommodation to the foreign worker?
    We can assist your company in finding accommodation for your foreign employees for a small fee, or you can choose to help the workers secure their accommodations. The employer must ensure that the employee's accommodations are no greater than 33% of the employee's gross wage for low-skilled workers. Temporary foreign workers usually choose to share accommodations to lower the cost of living.
  • How much do your services cost?
    Our company has several packages available to suit your needs.
  • Do I need to sign a contract?
    You will be required to sign a contract for either a one or two-year period. However, if for some reason you no longer need the worker, you may terminate the contract provided that it is done in accordance with the provincial labour laws in your province.
  • How long can I employ a Foreign Worker?
    There are currently no restrictions on the length of employment. As long as both the employer and the employee meet the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements, they may renew indefinitely.
  • Aside from wages, are there other costs associated with getting a Foreign Worker?"
    If you are hiring a lower-skill worker, you will be responsible for purchasing a return flight for the worker as an employer. If you are hiring a skilled worker, you are not required to pay the flight costs.
  • Can I hire a part-time Temporary Foreign worker?
    All positions must be full-time. However, the number of hours that qualify as full-time varies significantly from province to province. It can be as little as 30 hours per week, depending on which province the Foreign Worker is employed in. There are some exceptions, such as a Temporary Foreign Worker holding an open work permit or a study permit.
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