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How to Travel Back to Canada as a Dual Canadian citizen

How to Travel Back to Canada as a Dual Canadian citizen

What is Dual Citizenship

Many countries, including Canada, permit dual citizenship. This means you do not have to give up your previous citizenship once you become a Canadian citizen. This does not apply to other countries, though. Each country has its own set of rules and laws regarding dual citizenship, and therefore, individuals seeking Canadian citizenship should consult their native government, embassy, or consulate for complete information regarding the impact on their current citizenship status should they become a Canadian citizen.

Having dual citizenship can be both beneficial and harmful. Apart from possibly having your previous citizenship revoked, you may be caught between two countries’ legalities, taxation, compulsory military service, and other potential problems. As a result, you need to be aware of the rules and regulations regarding dual or multiple citizenship in each country of citizenship. In this blog, you will learn about how to return to Canada as a dual Canadian citizen.

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After You Apply for Canadian Citizenship

After You Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Applying for Citizenship

One of the most important things for your Canadian citizenship application is your residency obligation (being physically present in Canada for at least 1095 days). If you meet the residency obligation, you will need to meet some other requirements to apply. Some of the requirements include:

  • Permanent Resident status
  •  Income tax filing
  •  Language skills
  •  How well you know Canada
  •  Prohibitions

These requirements are in place to see how well you fit into Canadian society and to prove your loyalty to Canada. After having filled out the application and paid the processing fee, your only job left is to wait for the government to respond to your application. In this article, we will discuss what happens after you apply for Canadian citizenship and how to prepare for the citizenship ceremony.

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Information You Need to Know about Canadian Citizenship

Information You Need to Know about Canadian Citizenship

Canadian Citizenship

If you are eligible for Canadian citizenship, that means you have reached the milestone for your immigration journey. Being a Canadian citizen means you have more privileges than permanent residents do. For example, Canadian citizens have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote and even more, actually become involved with a political party or leadership campaign. Furthermore, you do not need to worry about the expiry date of your permanent residence and your residency requirements. In this blog, you will learn about how to become a Canadian citizen.

How Can I be Eligible for Canadian Citizenship

The eligibility of Canadian citizenship revolves around your permanent residency, residency obligations, knowledge of Canada, and language proficiency. More detailed requirements are shown below.

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Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Apply for Canadian Citizenship

Why apply for Canadian Citizenship?

Wondering why one should bother with applying for Canadian citizenship if you are already a Permanent Resident of Canada? Well, there are many reasons as to why one should apply for Canadian citizenship because citizenship gives you many privileges which are not available to permanent residents of Canada. Some of these privileges include being able to vote, you cannot be deported, continue getting social benefits, can get involved in politics, you can travel easily without having to worry about your PR card expiring, you can get consular support, can work in any job, your children born in Canada become Canadians automatically without having to go through the same process as you did, you don’t have to worry about meeting residency requirements and much more.

Who can apply for Canadian Citizenship?

To be eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship you must meet the following requirements which include age, permanent resident status, time you have lived in Canada, income tax filing, intent to reside, language skills, how well you know Canada and prohibitions.

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How to Qualify for Canadian Citizenship

How to Qualify for Canadian Citizenship

Canadian Citizenship Changes

Since June 11, 2015 there have been changes to obtaining your Canadian Citizenship. One of these changes include being physically present in Canada for four years over the six year period. Prior to the change you only had to be physically present in Canada three out of the four year period. To keep your Permanent Residence (PR) status you must be in Canada two years out of the five year period. Should you happen not to meet the two year condition then your PR status may get revoked and sent to Immigration Appeal Division for a hearing before final removal of PR status and removal from Canada. Therefore, upon meeting the requirements for Canadian Citizenship it is recommended to apply for citizenship as soon as possible to avoid having your PR status revoked. There are many benefits when you obtain your Canadian Citizenship status such as not having to go through process of renewing your PR card or being stuck outside of Canada with an expired PR card, not limited to certain jobs, you don’t have to be afraid of getting deported, able to vote, get social assistance, travel easily and much more.

How old do I have to be to apply for Canadian Citizenship?

To obtain your Canadian citizenship you have to be 18 years of age. If you want to apply for a minor child you have to be the parent, adoptive parent or the legal guardian. In order to apply for the minor child you also have to be a Canadian Citizen or applying for citizenship at the same time as the minor child.

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