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Immigration Law

Canada offers citizenship through naturalization and by birth in Canada

To qualify for citizenship through naturalization, Canadians must have three years of qualifying permanent resident status during the preceding five years and may apply for Canadian citizenship.

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Canadian Citizenship Requirements:

Minor Application (under 18 years of age)

Individuals who are minors and under the age of 18 and are permanent residents may apply for Canadian citizenship if one of their parents is a Canadian citizen or is applying for citizenship at the same time. The application process is straightforward and only requires the completed application and processing fee; there is no need for the minors to take the citizenship test.

You may be ineligible for Canadian citizenship if you:

Overview of Citizenship Application Processing:

Once an individual submits their citizenship application, it is sent to the citizenship office in Sydney, Nova Scotia. At this office, the application is pre-screened to ensure that it is complete and meets the requirement of having lived in Canada for at least 4 years. After the pre-screening process, the applicant will typically wait for about 12 months before being required to attend an interview to demonstrate their knowledge of Canada in one of Canada’s official languages. The interview will test the applicant’s knowledge of Canadian history, government, and culture, and will be conducted by a citizenship officer.

Language Requirement for Canadian Citizenship:

To become a Canadian citizen, applicants aged 14-64 must show evidence of their language proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages. The language requirements are described as the ability to:

To apply for Canadian citizenship, the applicant must have sufficient speaking and listening skills in English or French, as described below. There is no need for written proficiency. The evidence of language proficiency can be provided in the following ways:

Citizenship Refusal

If your application for Canadian citizenship is denied, you have the option to appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Canada. The appeal process begins with filing a Notice of Application with the Federal
Court within 30 days of receiving the decision from Citizenship.

Immigration lawyers in Burlington help you with your Citizenship application and can help and assist you in order to appeal the decision to Federal Court of Canada.

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