Citizenship upon immigration to Canada

By Author: Admin | November 22, 2011

Being granted Citizenship upon immigration to Canada is a very aspiring dream.  However, a word of caution: it isn’t as easy or as straightforward as you might think!

To be granted citizenship, you have to first apply to the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), probably as a skilled worker.


Now if you’re lucky, you can have an existing Canadian company provide you with a certified job offer.  In effect, they are telling the government that they can’t hire locally or nationally from Canadian talent, and that they must resort to overseas sources of employment. The company will handle most of the paperwork for you. This is possible and the easiest way for you to start working in Canada, but unless you’re highly qualified, this is an unlikely option.


Much more likely is to apply as a ‘Skilled Worker’ where you can either apply on one of the ‘preferred list’ of occupations (This list is on the CIC website) or you may apply as self-employed but you have to tell the government that you intend to economically provide for both yourself and your family and that by being self-employed you hope in the very near future to provide employment for other Canadians, based on farming, or on a creative endeavour. At this point, both skilled workers and the self-employed have to prove to the government that they have been employed in their chosen trade for at least one year in their chosen field of employment. Also to note is that there are caps on immigration into the skilled workers’ categories of 20,000 per year with a maximum of 5% – 500 applicants into any one chosen field.


Now, to apply for Citizenship after immigration to Canada, you have to live in Canada for at least three of the four years preceding the application with at least two years as a permanent resident. See, I told you it wasn’t as straight forward as you’d have thought!

Also, to apply for citizenship you have to be able to communicate in either English or French – the two ‘state’ languages of Canada and you have to have an adequate knowledge of Canada and the responsibilities and rights of Canadian citizens. The English or French test can be written or oral, and the Canadian government offers free courses either online or in a classroom setting. For the rights and responsibilities of a Canadian citizen, you should refer to the document “Discover Canada: The rights and responsibilities of citizenship” which is available to download for free from the government’s website or you can order a hard copy to be delivered by post.

Also note that if you have a criminal record or are facing criminal proceedings or you are subject to immigration enforcement action, you may be ineligible for Canadian citizenship. You can also use the government’s own ‘residence calculator to work out how many days you can score. For  borderline cases, it is important to get professional help because the ‘residence calculator’ is not as precise as an assessment by an immigration lawyer.  .

For much more information on this subject and any other questions you may have, you can call Max Chaudhary on 416 447 6118 or email him at

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