Benefits of Canadian Citizenship

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The right to apply for a Canadian passport

Once you get Canadian citizenship, you can apply for a Canadian passport. Don’t get scammed by certain persons, agencies or websites who claim that they can help you to obtain a Canadian passport. They cannot! No middle-man can speed up the process. The application forms and information are free of charge and you should not pay for them. However, you still need to pay for your passport processing fees. Only Passport Canada regional offices, Service Canada Centers, designated Canada Post offices and Canadian Government offices abroad are authorized to collect them.You can apply directly at Passport Canada.
The steps are clearly outlined and the process is not difficult.

The right to vote

Canadian citizenship gives you the right to vote in any federal, provincial or municipal election.
You simply need to register yourself to be able to vote by

  • calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868
  • visiting your local Elections Canada office

You might be automatically added to the National Register of Electors, a database of Canadian electors who are qualified to vote in federal elections and referendums. This register gets your data from a variety of sources, such as provincial and territorial motor vehicle registrars, Canada Revenue Agency or Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Elections Canada sends a voter information card by mail to each registered voter. If you have not received a card a few weeks prior to an election, you need to register yourself or update your information.
Please see Election Canada for more information.

The right to live outside Canada with no time limit

As a permanent resident, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a five-year period in order to keep your permanent resident status. Canadian citizenship gives you the right to travel freely and to leave and re-enter Canada whenever you want.

The right to be a candidate in federal, provincial and territorial elections

Canadian citizenship gives you the right to run for elected office in Canada.

Preference for jobs in the federal government

Most federal government jobs require the applicant to have Canadian citizenship. This is particularly true for jobs that have a high-level security clearance requirement.

The right to pass Canadian citizenship on to your children born outside Canada(to the first generation only)

As a Canadian citizen any children born to you outside Canada will be Canadian citizens.

Easier travel to the United States

When you hold a Canadian passport you do not need to apply for a United States tourist visa. The conditions of stay remain the same as for non Canadian citizens but the admission to the U.S. is much easier if you have Canadian citizenship. This also reduces delay at the border when crossing by land into the United States. As well, Canadian citizens can seek employment in the United States if the employment is covered by the NAFTA treaty.

Please check the Canada Border Services Agency for more information.

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19 Comments » for Canadian Citizenship – Benefits
  1. idrees md haneef says:

    please make me canadian

  2. karthikn says:

    i want to become an canadian and i want to live in british columbia

    • Sadaqat hussain says:

      I just became Canadian citizen, I’m so glade and can’t wate to travel freely.

      • admin says:

        Congratulations Hussain!! Yes now you can have a Canadian passport and travel freely without worrying about the permanent residency rules. Also with a Canadian passport, I found that there is less need to apply for tourist visas around the world.

  3. Audrey says:

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  4. Abdurazzaq says:

    Just got my Canadian citizenship thank you Canada. Proud to be an Afghan Canadian.

    • admin says:

      Congratulations Adburazzaq! This is great news! Yes you can be proud to be an Afghan Canadian. All the best to you.

  5. Yusuf says:

    Can a canadian citizen sponsor close relatives for education in canadian universities? In other words, can those students have the benifit of paying the local canadian fees as opposed to the international fees?

  6. jane says:

    i just passes my citizenship test today!! I love Canada!!
    after how many months should I wait for the oath taking ceremony and before i can apply for a canadian passport?

    • admin says:

      Hello Jane. We love Canada too! The oath ceremony letter can take a few months to be mailed to you. You can apply for a Canadian passport as soon as you become a Canadian (after the oath ceremony).

  7. Mohi says:

    I have this passport but I lived in Canada just for 2 months in 1993.
    I left Canada 2 months after my born.
    So can I re-enter Canada whenever I want?
    And am I a canadian citizenship?

    • admin says:

      Hello Mohi. It is best if you ask Citizenship and Immigration Canada: please call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.)

  8. hammad says:

    i just want to ask that i have a canadian citizenship certificate but i dont have a canadian passport so iam canadian or not admin plz tell me and give me feed back

    • admin says:

      If you have a valid Canadian citizenship certificate, then you should be a Canadian. As we don’t know everything about your situation, you should call Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., your local time, except for statutory holidays.) for clarification.

  9. Fayyaz ahmed says:

    Hi,i want become canadian if posible becouse i love your country so please give me one chance thank you.

  10. sj says:

    Just received letter for my oath taking, so happy. But we planned a trip to Oregon already months ahead. Oath taking and the trip is a week apart. Can we still make the trip?

  11. sj says:

    Definitely will attend the oath taking. Oath taking comes first then its the trip second week.

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