Canadian Citizenship : 5 Facts That You Should
Know! 1- Never Lie!
To become a Canadian citizen, currently an adult applicant must have lived in Canada
for at least 3 years or 1,095 days in the past four years before applying.
While this waiting time might seem like a very long time, lying when submitting your
documents might get you in huge trouble. The government of Canada recently started cracking
down on suspicious applications. As an example on September 2012, it began the process of
revoking the citizenship of 3,100 people suspected of lying to become Canadians
So while the prospect of obtaining Canadin citizenship might be very attractive, never
lie! 2- Make sure that your knolwedge of the official
languages in Canada (ie English and French) is good.
The rules related to applicants’ knolwedge of English and French have become much more
difficult in recent years. Currently, adult applicants must send proof that they have
adequate knowledge of English or French. If your application does not have proof, it will
be considered incomplete and returned to you. Bottom line: improve your writing and speaking
skills. 3- Take the citizenship test seriously
In 2010, the Canadian government completely changed the citizenship test and now it requires
a higher score to pass. It hasalso made questions about the Canadian history and values more
challenging. As of December 2012, applicants have to get
15 out of 20 questions in the citizenship test correct, whereas previously they only
needed to have 12 out of 20 correct answers.Government staff at the exam also ask detailed questions
about the applicants life in Canada to test their verbal language ability.
As a result of these tougher criteria, the failure rate of the citizenship test jumped
from less than 4% in 2009 to nearly 15% in 2010.
Nowadays, the citizenship test is much more serious and difficult than what it used to
be. So take it seriously! 4- Bring all the necessary documents and more!
It is better safe than sorry. You need to provide any evidence that convinces the citizenship
staff at the exam that you have lived in Canada in the years before your application. Documents
related to employment or studying, property documents, monthly bills, and translation
of your passport (especially the stamped pages) can be helpful.
5- Be patient As the number of applicants in the past few
years has greatly increased, the processing times currently are close to 24 months for
most applications. This does not mean that your application will necessary be processed
within the first two years of applying. Roughly 20% of applications now take more 21 months
to process, so be patient!