Tips on How to Improve Your Citizenship Application for Canada
1. Have a Job
Let’s start right from the basics. A job offer can easily help you appear as a great candidate for Canadian citizenship because you immediately seem to have set up roots and adapted to live in this country.
Canadian immigration officers will, more often than not, look at your application favorably because you will contribute to the country with your intent to work. If you haven’t found a job yet, you should try applying via the Canadian Job Bank, Workpolis or Indeed. These platforms update you on a daily basis with the latest job postings and may even send you precise notifications based on your skills or interests.
2. Keep Yourself Updated
Canadian immigration policies are always subject to change. For instance, the C-6 Bill was established in 2017 to reduce the time any individual needs to stay in Canada to apply for the Canadian citizenship.
Another change that was introduced by the C-6 Bill was that it raised children’s dependent age to 22, hence making it simpler for older children to immigrate with their parents.
3. Know a Little Bit About Their History
Yes, your knowledge about Canadian history can help make or break your chances for attaining a Canadian citizenship. If you’re interested in improving your chances, you should take a mock citizenship test to see how well you know Canadian history.
Candidates who are below the age of 18 or older than 54, then they will be exempted from the citizenship exam. However, if you are required to take the exam, don’t worry. You can always brush up on your knowledge on the following:
- Canadian history
- Canadian institutions
- Famous symbols
- Citizenship rights
- Canadian values
Alternatively, the video on the IRCC’s website could also help you get a better understanding of what you will be up against during the citizenship test.
4. Language Skills Will Count
Canadian immigration officers will rate your citizenship application after testing your ability to communicate in either English or French. In other words, you should communicate in either language to function in Canada. However, again, if you fall outside the 18 to 54 age bracket, then you wouldn’t have to prove your language skills.
In order to prove your ability, you can:
- Score at least 4 on Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens (NCLC), Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or any other government-funded language program
- Appear for other accepted language examinations such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General Test.
Note: You should try to aim for anywhere around 6.5 on your CLB to help significantly improve your chances for Canadian citizenship.
5. Live in Canada for At Least 3 Years
Among the major things that affect your chances for citizenship is proof that you have stayed for at least 3 of the maximum 5 years in the country, required to be a resident. Of course, this doesn’t mean that all of the times you visited Canada for vacation will be summed up to count as 3 years.
Your proof of permanent residence will not count in the following circumstances:
- Currently serving a criminal sentence in a Canadian prison
- Protected persons
- Temporary permit holder
- International students
There’s no way around it – you must have spent a minimum of 1095 days, within the last 5 years, to qualify for citizenship.
6. Get Your Taxes Sorted
Another great tip to improve your Canadian citizenship application is to make sure all of your taxes are in order. You see, this is important if you don’t want to be visited by the CRA (Canadian Revenue Agency) and also, it goes to show that you are responsible about meeting all your tax obligations during the time you spent here.
7. Maintain a Clean Record
Canada takes its laws very seriously and was once also ranked among the top 10 ‘most peaceful countries of the world’ by the Global Peace Index (GPI). This is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that if you’ve been booked for a serious crime, such as larceny or assault, you will be denied entry into Canada.
In some cases, these crimes can also be as minute as missing alimony payments or missing speeding ticket payments. Other than these, you will not be granted Canadian citizenship if you have one of these following issues:
- Are currently on trial
- Are currently involved in an investigation
- Are considered to be a threat to national security
- Have misrepresented information in your immigration application
- Have been found guilty of fraud
- Have been found guilty for crimes against humanity
- Are in the process of being deported from Canada
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