Citizenship is one the most prized opportunity in the world. Citizenship allows lawful permanent residents and applicants who have certain ties in the country of application to apply to become citizens and be eligible to obtain a passport. Citizenship through Permanent Residency favors applicants who meet the age, permanent residence; time lived in, language, character and knowledge of requirements. The citizenship ceremony is the final step in becoming a citizen. During the citizenship ceremony, applicants will be asked to take an oath of citizenship and will receive their certificate of Citizenship.

To become a citizen through permanent residency, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (or 14 years or older with parent);
  • Must possess permanent resident status;
  • Must meet the residency requirements for time lived in;
  • Must possess a working knowledge of one of official languages
  • Must not pose a security threat or possess a criminal history;

Certain exemptions apply to the above requirements for applicants below 18 and above 54 years of age.

An applicant who is granted citizenship through permanent residency will be entitled to rights and freedoms including legal rights, equality rights, mobility rights, aboriginal peoples’ rights, freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to peaceful assembly. They will also have to obey laws, express their opinions freely while respecting the rights and freedoms of others, help others in the community, care for and protect our heritage and environment, and eliminate discrimination and injustice. Another privilege is the right to vote and to have a say in the political leadership of the country.

If you have a question regarding a citizenship case OR wish to apply for it by having qualifying circumstances, you can contact MIS-Legal for advice and assistance. Our dedicated staff can be approached by email on info@mislegal.org or through submission of our Free Online Assessment Form.