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How to Become a Canadian Citizen (CIC website) – www.cic.gc.ca – fees, procedures, guide and application form

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Oath Taking of Canadian CitizenCertain requirements fall under the list of the Canadian government website with regards to implementation to interested parties looking for information on how to become a Canadian citizen.

Aside from these requirements, there are certain rules that pertain to specific laws under the country’s governing laws and local policies. These laws pertain specifically to immigration, travel and living and working in Canada or as an immigrant which must be followed at all times. This post is just a guide for people looking to become a Canadian citizen and what he or she or their family needs in order to completely be awarded of a card for permanent residents.

Below is an overview of what one must do in order to be considered for permanent residence with legal documentation and acceptance from the Canadian government. Whether you want to migrate or simply work, there are temporary residence laws and legal battles as part of requirements and issues which must be resolved. However, allow me first to discuss with you all the facts, figures, rules, laws, requirements and more regarding becoming a permanent resident in CA. Let me remind you that there is a big difference between wanting to work and looking to live permanently in this beautiful land.

Step by Step Procedure in Becoming A Canadian Citizen

(source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/howto.asp)

1. Completely filled up application form from the Canadian government or its equivalent website taken via online download or from respective authority government agencies of CA such as the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada website – www.cic.gc.ca. ). – Upon completion of the fill in boxes of the application, please be reminded to follow the instructions found within the form.

Adults (18 years of age or older) must use the “Application for Canadian Citizenship – Adults” form while if the purpose of application is for kids and children under 18 years of age, you must use the “Application for Canadian Citizenship – Minors” form. Note that if you are applying for citizenship of 2 or more child, a separate form must be completed for each, otherwise, only those who have information, data and a duly completed application form will be allowed to process citizenship.

2. Processing fees and application guide. – Again, please read carefully the complete instructions found in the application guide (stated above). They guide will help you answer all your questions regarding how to fill up completely your CA citizenship application form.

With regards to the application processing fees, please be reminded that they are not refundable and may this serve to remind you to that it is very important to make sure you are eligible to become a citizen before you apply.

3. Attachments, documentary requirements and things to remember in filling up the form. – At this point, you must complete the form, pay the fees, provide the required photographs and attach photocopies of the documents listed in the document checklist of requirements. The instruction guide found in the form will tell you how to complete the form and what documents you need to include. Show the original documents at the time of your test and/or interview and at the ceremony of oath taking.

For those applicants whose documents are not in English or French, you must provide the originals, translations and an affidavit from the person who did each translation. Translations by family members are not acceptable.

what to remember with your applicationThings to Remember Before Becoming Official Canadian Citizen

  1. sign and date the form;
  2. include the receipt of payment (online receipt or IMM 5401 form);
  3. include your application form;
  4. include your photographs;
  5. include photocopies of all your documents; and
  6. provide the original translations of your documents, if applicable.

For applicants applying by bulk or more than 1 person, it is best to submit all the forms and documents in the same envelope so processing will also be swift and will be done together. This is for the purpose of allowing all application forms for family members to have their application processed at the same time. Remember that documents sent in different envelopes will be processed separately. A single receipt of payment of processing fees is allowed in this case for the entire family.

4. Sending via mail the application form and supporting documents to CIC. – Upon completion of the documentary requirements and filled up application form, please send it via mail to the address listed below for the CIC office.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Case Processing Centre
P.O. Box 7000
Sydney NS
B1P 6V6

Reminder: Your application will only be returned to you if,

  • it is signed more than three months before we receive it;
  • it is post-dated (dated into the future); or
  • it is incomplete, missing information or missing the required documents listed in the document checklist.

So be 100% sure before sending it to us. Time is of an essence so to save time, follow instructions and guides on the form and in filling up the required information as well as provide us your complete set of documentary requirements as stated in the instructions. Failure to comply to all of these will mean your fault so don’t blame us for it.

5. Prepare for an interview and the test. – Once processing starts or even before, for the purpose of test and interview preparation, you may opt in to get in advance, a copy of the official document of Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship. This is called the citizenship study guide and it will help you knowing more about it. You can download a PDF copy, an eBook or a mobile app of the document at the official CIC website here – www.cic.gc.ca. You may also opt in to listen to the audiobook or order a printed copy.

Studying as early as possible will help you to be fully prepared for your citizenship test and/or possible subsequent interview. If you meet the basic requirements for citizenship and you are between the ages of 18 and 54, we will send you a “Notice to Appear to Write a Citizenship Test” or a “Notice to Appear – Hearing with a Citizenship Judge” telling you the location, date and time of your test or interview.

Coming over for the scheduled written test or interview, the things you must bring are original documents required such as (personal identification, immigration documents, etc.) of the photocopies you submitted with your application and all your passports or travel documents relevant to the four years preceding your application. The citizenship test and/or subsequent interview with the citizenship judge will assess your knowledge of Canada and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship so be sure to have prepared for this as stated above, otherwise, you might not pass to become Canadian citizen.

6. Finally, you will take the oath of citizenship at a citizenship ceremony. – For those asking what to bring at the citizenship ceremony, see the list below. This action is legally and symbolically very important. Here, you will be formally welcomed into the Canadian family and they formally accept the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. that is why you are obliged to read the PDF file stated above for Discover Canada book.

Criteria to Follow or Requirements to Become Canadian Citizen

There are certain criteria to follow based from the official website for becoming a Canadian citizen. Below are just some of the circumstances which might lead to qualification to apply or qualify to become a permanent resident of Canada.

  1. Eligibility for CAF (Canadian Armed Forces) members
  2. Language – must know how to speak either French or English or both
  3. Residence – Time lived in Canada or must be a permanent resident for at least 1,460 days during the six years immediately before the date of your application
  4. Taxation – must have met personal income tax filing obligations in four taxation years that are fully or partially within the six years immediately before the date you apply.
  5. Know Canada  in terms of history, values, institutions and symbols
  6. Must be at least 18 years old

canadian citizen requirementsDocumentary Requirements for Canadian Citizenship Application

  • Completely signed and dated application for Canadian citizenship – Adults (CIT0002)
  • Photocopies of identity and immigration documents
  • Canadian immigration record/paper (either Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM5292) and both sides of your Permanent
  • Resident Card (PRC) if you have one.
  • 2pcs of personal identification. One of which must have your photo on it. If you do not have a piece of photo identification, you must explain why. You may use separate paper for this
  • explanation. (ex photos: Canadian drier’s license, health insurance card, page of your passport etc)
  • 2pcs citizenship photos (please refer to the form Citizenship Photograph Specification – CIT
  • 0021). Be sure to write the name of the person at the back of the photos. Sign your name in black or blue ink pen in the white signature area below each photo. Do not print! Put both signed photos in the small envelope provided or in your own envelope. Do not staple, glue or otherwise attache the photos directly to the application!
  • Copy 2 of the Receipt form showing amount paid. No other form of payment is acceptable!
  • Document checklist (CIT 0462)
  • You have addressed the envelope with correct postage to: Case Processing Centre,
  • Sydney-GRant Adults, Box 7000, Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6v6

If you meet all the requirements to become a Canadian citizen, we will send you a “Notice to Appear to Take the Oath of Citizenship” telling you when and where your citizenship ceremony will take place. All citizenship candidates 14 years and older are required to show their faces when they take the oath of citizenship to demonstrate that they are speaking aloud the words of the oath. At the ceremony, you may choose to either swear on a holy book or to affirm the oath of citizenship. Swearing is for people who would like to refer to their religious beliefs, while affirming is for those who do not want to use a holy book during the ceremony. If you want to swear the oath of citizenship on a holy book of your choice, please bring it with you to the ceremony.

Don’t forget to bring all original immigration documents in your possession to the citizenship ceremony. If you have a permanent resident card, you must bring it. If you became a permanent resident before June 28, 2002, you must bring your immigration Record of Landing (IMM 1000). If you have both of these documents, bring both of them to the ceremony.

At this point after taking the oath, you are now officially a Canadian citizen. Expect to receive your citizenship certificate. Remember that this paper is neither a travel document nor an identity document so when you travel outside Canada you will have to secure a Canadian passport with you.

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17 Responses to “How to Become a Canadian Citizen (CIC website) – www.cic.gc.ca – fees, procedures, guide and application form”

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    Rosalia Barrera

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