Are you planning to apply for Canadian citizenship or have you already submitted your application? Then there are certain tips that can make this process more efficient. Let’s talk about some of these tips 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 Canadian citizenship might be very attractive, never lie!
2- Make sure that your knowledge of the official languages in Canada (ie English and French) is good. The rules related to applicants’ knowledge 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 has also 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!