Canadian Citizenship – Benefits

Canadian citizenship passport

Once you get your 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.

Canadian citizenship – 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 Elections Canada for more information.

Canadian citizenship – 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.

Canadian citizenship – 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.

Canadian citizenship – 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.

Canadian citizenship – 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.

Canadian citizenship – 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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59 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.

  12. opus-ct says:


    I’m a Filipina and I passed the exam given last Friday, April the 4th. I was the first to finish the exam and not doubting any bit at all that I will pass the test.

    I taught British and American literature and since history and literature are sister arts, I was confident to take the exams. However, I came across citizenship support, and so I thought paying $ 30 won’t hurt at all.

    I strongly recommend this reviewer to everyone who is preparing for the citizenship test. No one will fail if they will only follow the study guide. You have readings per chapter, exams, and simulation test resulting in mastery!

    Great job!

  13. Gerard says:

    I’m a p.r. with 3 adult children in Canada and 1 in Ireland,
    If I became a canadian citizen, do all 4 automatically become citizens, and if so do they have to go through the oath taking.

    • admin says:

      Hello Gerard. It is best if you ask 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.)

  14. Eman Kamal says:

    I am a permanent resident. I had my landing in July 2011 but had just received my p.r. card in December 2013 . The card is valid till 2018. Does this mean that my p.r.status will end in 2018 if you wouldn’t stay for 2 years or in 2016 wich is 5 years from date of landing?

  15. Francois says:

    We are a family of four and its now 4 years that we are here, i am stunned to note that the fees have increased from $ 300 to $ 630 ! in the same year !
    $ 630 x 4 = $ 2,520
    For the right to vote !

  16. Yhell says:

    I have already took my oath of allegiance and obtained my Canadian citizenship 4 years ago, and I am confidently saying that I have no regrets and probably the wiser decision I’ve ever made.

    Truly being a Canadian citizen is not only by the color of passport or your prestige identity only, but instead it goes deep within your heart and mind to do your best contribution to this wonderful country. Thank you Canada for being my new home!

  17. Annalyn says:

    I just passed my citizenship test but we just notice that I made a mistake on writing dates on my residence calculation I wrote there we went to Las Vegas I accidentally wrote 3 Weeks but unfortunately we only stayed there for 7 days is there any problem I’m just worried they might not grant my citizenship I’m not short of days though any suggestion?

    • admin says:

      Have you tried to explain your situation to Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1-888-242 2100?

  18. Fahd says:

    I’m a Canadian citizen and grew up in Ottawa but due to family matters had to come back to my home country of Bangladesh. This was almost a decade ago, having read this page made me realize how much I missed Canada and just being there. I’m hoping to move back at the end of this year almost after a decade. Wish me luck!

  19. Ashley M. says:

    This site is excellent! I’m looking into becoming a Canadian citizen. I’m an American citizen born in the U.S. in 1988, but my mother was born and raised in Canada and her side of the family is all Canadian. I would like dual citizenship to honor my heritage and enjoy the benefits of the commonwealth.

    Any tips for the quickest way to become a citizen jus sanguinis?

    • admin says:

      Hi Ashley, ror any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, it is best if you 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). Good luck!

  20. CoCo says:

    A friend of mine is a Canadian and has lived in the U.S. for 25 years illegally and has not been back to Canada all these years. Now, she wants to return back home and does not know how without being arrested..Should she contact the Canadian Embassy for help back into her country? Any advice would be helpful..

    • admin says:

      We cannot help for any legal matters, but yes talking to a Canadian Embassy sounds like a good idea.

    • Ashaki says:

      She can return to her home country without being arrested the problem is she might never be able to go back to the United States to visit

  21. Maria says:

    As a new Canadian citizen, I am so proud to be in a progressive country with many opportunities and privileges. I am thankful and blessed!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hi,I want to go Canada but I don’t know how?drem….

  23. Diane Cavaness says:

    I was born in the US to a Canadian father. I spent my childhood summers in Ontario and have always considered myself Canadian. At 60 years of age, I finally have my Canadian Citizenship Certificate and I am proud and happy!! My question is…is this document enough to allow me to move to Canada?

  24. Yenhua says:

    Hi, i am waiting fir my citizenship result. i have two sons back in my country, when i apply for my PR, i didn’t include any of my immediate relatives even my two sons because my application sent back three times, the third time that i decided not to include my sons and relatives my application went thru, my quiry is that will i can get my two son if i will be granted for citizenship? Please adviced….

  25. sandeep yadav says:

    I am working at steel industry in india and my last education completedas diploma in instrumentation engineering and i am interested to live at canada and also do job in canada what is the procedure to be enter in canada?

  26. neha says:

    my phenocy got citizenship so can i go with him n any education bar on his wife

  27. hello says:

    I am Glad that I got the Visa to come to Canada and I would like to know how long does it take to get a work permit in montreal?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Hi. I have received my Permanent Residency but would like to know that unlike the number of days to be maintained for PR , is there any requirements of days to be maintained once you become a citizen of Canada. Can i stay in another country after becoming a canadian citizen

  29. ram says:

    If you are a citizen in Canada, do you need a VISA to enter Australia?

  30. Anonymous says:

    I’m on a working holiday visa and I’m pregnant and about to send my dual citizen papers in. Can I somehow speed up the process so my newborn can automatically become a citizen?

    • admin says:

      For any specific questions regarding your citizenship application process, 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). Good luck!

  31. Paola says:

    Hi! I’m a fourteen year old Canadian Citizen, but I live in the Philippines because my whole family lives here. I want to return to Canada, which I know is possible since I am a citizen, but I want to be able to bring my family with me. They’d applied in 2006 as an immigrant, but in 2010, there was a law that said that all applications before 2010 will not be entertained anymore. Our application was one of those. I’m wondering if there’s any way I can bring my family with me to Canada easily.

    • admin says:

      You can’t sponsor your family as you need to be at least 18 years old to do so, so you should call IRCC (1-888-242 2100) to explain your family’s immigration situation and what they can do.

  32. Paola says:

    I forgot to say that I was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, which is why I’m a Canadian citizen.
    Thank you 🙂

  33. Om says:

    I just try to read above comments & i am surprise that looking like candian government are in so hurry in one particular community become a canadian citizen.
    Yes that’s a big question
    Good Luck for your ____ Future.

  34. Ebiegberi D says:

    Hmm very Interesting! I would like to apply to become a Canadian Citizen. How do I commence the process? I really need some information.

  35. aya says:

    love to Canada foreverand ever

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