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Becoming a Canadian Citizen is an exciting opportunity. Not only will you be able to live in Canada forever, but you will have one of the most valuable passports in the world, enabling you to travel without a visa to most countries in the world.

Qualifications for Canadian Citizenship

If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada and you meet the following criteria, then you are eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship:

1. You have lived in Canada for at least 1095 days within the past five years. Days spent inside Canada as a temporary resident (visitor, student or worker) can count as ½ days up to a maximum of one year total qualifying time

2. You have filed a Canadian Income Tax Return for at least 3 of the past 5 years.

3. You are proficient in either French or English, demonstrated by taking a language test or having studied in either official language. Those under age 18 or over age 54 do not need to show language skills.

4. You are not in trouble – either due to criminal actions or problems with your immigration status.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, there is a 4-step process to apply for Canadian Citizenship.

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1. Submit Your Application

Be sure to include supporting documents and Citizenship fees.

2. Write The Citizenship Exam

After your application has been assessed and you have been deemed eligible for Canadian Citizenship, you will receive an invitation to write the Citizenship Exam. The exam is composed of 20 multiple choice questions and covers topics such as Canadian history, geography and systems of government. You will be provided with a link to the online study guide after you have submitted your application for Canadian Citizenship. A passing mark on the Canadian Citizenship exam is 15 correct answers.

If you don’t pass the exam on your first attempt, you will be rescheduled to take the exam again in a few weeks. If you are unsuccessful on your second attempt, you will be scheduled for an interview with a citizenship official so that they can speak with you about your knowledge of Canada and determine if you meet the criteria to become a Canadian Citizen.

Applicants under the age of 18 and over the age of 54 do not need to take the Citizenship exam.

3. Attend An Interview

On the same day that you write your Canadian Citizenship Exam, you will meet with a government official to present your original documents for inspection and have a brief conversation to verify your language skills.

4. Attend The Oath Ceremony

All Canadian Citizenship applicants over the age of 14 must attend a citizenship ceremony and take the oath of Citizenship. Sometimes your oath ceremony will be scheduled on the same day as your exam, and other times it will be held on a separate day. During the ceremony, you will be presented with your Certificate of Canadian Citizenship and have the opportunity to take a photo with the Citizenship judge.

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Applying For A Canadian Passport

Once you have received your Canadian Citizenship Certificate, you will probably be eager to apply for a Canadian passport. You will need to wait at least 2 business days after your Canadian Citizenship oath ceremony before you can apply for a passport.

Applying For Proof Of Canadian Citizenship

In some cases, you may already be a Canadian Citizen and just need to apply for a Citizenship Certificate so that you can obtain a Canadian passport. If one of your parents or grandparents was Canadian, and you were born before 2009, there is a good chance that you became a Canadian citizen when you were born.

For those born outside of Canada to a Canadian Citizen in 2009 or later, the situation is less clear and will depend on where your parents were born. If you find yourself in this situation, it would be a good idea to set up an appointment with a professional in order to review the complex rules with respect to Canadian citizenship and determine what your options might be.

What It Means To Be A Citizen Of Canada

Canadian Citizenship means that you can live anywhere in Canada, you can work in any job, and you can sponsor your family to live with you if they are located elsewhere. You are able to vote in Canadian elections and even run for political office if you want to. You are eligible for a Canadian passport and you can keep your Canadian Citizenship even if you don’t continue to live in Canada.

Arrivals Canada Immigration helps people from all over the world successfully navigate the Canadian Immigration process. If you’re interested in applying for your own Canadian Citizenship today, why not give them a call?

Whatever your reason for coming to Australia, whether you are planning on visiting, working or studying, you will need a valid Australian visa. Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, of course. If you are from any other country, you must apply for a visa before leaving for the Land Down Under. The type of visa will vary depending on the length of stay, the passport type and the purpose of the visit. While it would be impossible to mention all the visa types that Australia offers, we’ve made a shortlist of the most common types visas for which people apply:

Tourist visas

There are three types of tourist visas you can choose from: eVisitor, Electronic Travel Authority, and Visitor visa. Evisitor visas cannot be extended and are available for many EU citizens. It is free and is valid for up to 3 months within a 12-month period. Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visas are similar to eVisitor visas, except for the $20 service charge and the fact that it is available to passport holders from several other countries and regions. Finally, a visitor visa is for anyone who is not eligible for the eVisitor or ETA visa. This visa isn’t free but allows you to visit Australia for up to 3,6 or 12 months.

Provisional visas

As is obvious from the name, this visa is a temporary visa that may lead to obtaining a permanent visa if all necessary conditions are met. This type of visa is also available to businesses in the form of a ‘Business Innovation and Investment (Provisional) visa’. It can be made available through a Business Innovation stream, an Investor stream, a significant Investor stream, and an Entrepreneur stream.

The Business Innovation Stream: It is meant for those businesses that want to establish a new business or manage an existing business. You must be nominated by a state or territory government to be eligible.

The Investor Stream: Just like the one above, you’ll need to be nominated by a state or territory government. Additionally, you must invest at least $1.5 million and stay in Australia.

The Significant Investor Stream: This one is meant for those who are willing to invest at least $5 million into Venture Capital and Growth Private Equity funds.

The Entrepreneur Stream: It is available for those who have secured funding of at least $200,000 for commercialization of a product or service in Australia.

Permanent visas

Permanent visas allow the holder to become a permanent resident of Australia. The three common ways of staying in Australia indefinitely are through gaining a family-stream permanent visa, a work-stream permanent visa, and business or investor-stream permanent visa.

A family-stream permanent visa: This type of visa is for adopted children, partners, children or parents of an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

A work-stream permanent residence visa: This type of visa is available for workers who either have skills that are in demand in Australia or have an Australian employer sponsoring them to work in Australia.

Business or investment-stream permanent residence visa: While Business Owner visas are available for those who have owned and maintained a business in Australia for at least two years, Investor visas are available for businessmen who have held a designated investment in Australia for at least four years.

Short stay visas

Among the several short-stay visas available, the following three are the most common: Visitor or Tourist visa, Temporary Work visa, and Temporary Skill Shortage visa. A Temporary Work visa is for people who plan on staying in Australia for a maximum of 3 months to do short-term, highly specialized work. Temporary Skill Shortage visa, on the other hand, is available to skilled workers who work for an approved business for one to four years.

Temporary visas

The Investor Retirement visa falls under the ‘Temporary visa’ category. Self-funded retirees who have no dependents can choose this option if they want to live in Australia during their retirement years.

Visa Requirements for Migrating to Australia

Migrating to another country is a big step to take and cannot be done without some help and guidance. This is where migration agents step in. They can help by:

  • Advising you on the type of visa you should pick
  • Completing and submitting the visa application form(s) for you
  • Getting all the necessary supporting documentation ready
  • Dealing with the relevant government departments on your behalf

Professional immigration agents, like All Immigration Services, have a good knowledge of immigration laws and can give you a fully detailed list of all the expenses the process entails.  They will keep your information confidential and keep you informed of all progress with your application.

Basic requirements which all applicants should meet

  • Good level of proficiency in English
  • Skills and qualifications that are relevant to a job mentioned on Australia’s Skilled Occupations List
  • Be of good character and be able to provide a penal clearance certificate

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