7 Tips to Improve Your Canadian Citizenship Application

Do you want to become a citizen of Canada? Find out how you can improve your Canadian citizenship application with our 7 top tips.

Tip 1 Have a Job

It may sound pretty basic but a job offer can help you appear to be a great candidate for Canadian citizenship. You immediately look more viable as a candidate if you have a valid Canadian job offer, because it shows that you have adapted and set up roots in the country.

Canadian immigration officers are also more likely to look favourably on your application because you show a clear intent to work and contribute to the country. It means that you have something to offer the country.

If you have not yet found a job, you can apply one at the Canada Job Bank, Indeed or Workpolis. These sites will give you updates on the latest job postings and will even send you notifications for jobs that fit your skills.

Tip 2 Keep Updated on Immigration News

The world of Canadian immigration is constantly changing. The introduction of the C-6 Bill in 2017 helped reduce the amount of time you needed to stay in Canada in order to apply for Canadian citizenship.

Another change brought about by the C-6 Bill raised the dependent age of children to 22, making it easier for your older children to immigrate with you.

Worried about how to stay updated on the latest Canadian immigration news? You don’t have to be. You can check out our news blog to makes sure you are kept in the loop with everything from new immigration programs to the latest Express Entry draws. We cover it all.

Tip 3 Know Canadian History

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Yes, how well you know Canadian history can make or break your application for Canadian citizenship. If you are interested in becoming a Canadian citizen, you will need to take a citizenship test that will check how well you actually know Canada.

However, candidates who are under 18 or over the age of 54 will not have to take the citizenship exam!

But if you must take the exam, you can improve your Canadian citizenship application by brushing up on your knowledge of the following.

Know your Canadian:
History;
Institutions;
Symbols;
Values; and
Citizenship rights

All this information will be provided in the Discover Canada Guide. Just remember that you must be able to answer the test in either French or English.

This video from the IRCC’s website will give you better idea of the citizenship test.

But what happens if you fail the test? Don’t worry! If you fail your first test, you can take another one once it has been rescheduled.

If you have really bad luck and fail for a third time, you can still do the interview but it will be with a citizenship officer.

The Discover Canada Guide will also include some practice questions that you can take to get ready for the test like the following.

  • What is equality in Canada;
  • Who founded Canada;
  • What documents contain the rights and freedoms of Canada;
  • Who are the Inuit;
  • Who can vote in Canada; and
  • Can you question the Canadian police about their services and conduct

Think that these questions are a bit hard? Not to worry. The guide will have all the answers in its pages, you just have to practice and study hard to make sure you can pass the test.

Tip 4 Language Skills Count

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Canada will rate your Canadian citizenship application based on your ability to communicate in either French or English.

This means that you must be able to communicate well enough to function in the country. If you are under the age of 18 or over the age of 54, you will not need to show your language abilities.

But for the rest of you, you must prove your ability. You can do this through a:

  • Government funded language program to ensure that you score at least a 4 on either the CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) or NCLC (Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens; or
  • Accepted language exams, like the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General

Canada will also accept French exams like the following:

  • Test d’Évaluation de Français (TEF);
  • Test d’Évaluation du Français adapté au Québec; or
  • TEF pour la naturalisation

If you have studied in Canada at high school or university level, you will not need to worry about completing any of the above language exams.

You should also aim for around a 6.5 on the CLB for most of these categories to help improve your Canadian citizenship application.

Tip 5 Live in Canada for Three Years

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One of the major things you need to apply for your Canadian Citizenship, is proof that you have lived at least three out of five years in the country as a resident.

No, that does not mean that you can become a permanent resident if you visit Canada enough on vacation.

Permanent residence does not count if you are any of the following.

Tourist;
International student;
Temporary permit holder;
Protected person; or
Currently serving time in a Canadian prison

You must have spent at least 1095 days within the past five years in the country. Please note that the Canadian Immigration Office can monitor if you have spent any prolonged time outside the border.

Tip 6 Get Your Tax Filing Sorted

Another tip to improve your Canada citizenship application is to make sure that your tax is sorted out.

Yes, you know that tax can be very important if you don’t want a visit from the CRS (Canadian Revenue Services) to knock at your door. But your tax file is also important for another reason, it is used to show that you have met all your tax obligations in the time you have lived in Canada.

Of course the immigration office will double check your tax record and ensure that you don’t have any outstanding tax records against you.

Tip 7 Keep a Clean Record

It may not come as much of a surprise, but Canada is a very law abiding place and is ranked as one of the top 10 most peaceful countries in the world by the GPI (Global Peace Index).

You do not even have to have committed a serious crime, like assault or larceny, to be denied access to canada. It can be something as simple as not paying speeding ticket or missing alimony payments.

You cannot apply if you have any of the following issues:

  • Are being removed by Canada;
  • Have committed crimes against humanity;
  • Have committed immigration fraud;
  • Have misrepresented your immigration case;
  • Are considered a threat to the country’s security;
  • Are involved in an investigation; or
  • Are on trial

You may also be asked to provide a copy of your fingerprints or court documents to show that you have no record. Though, if you are on the biometrics system, you may not have to worry about this part of the application.

You can address any issues you have to IRCC at 1-888-242-2100.

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