For most immigrants, especially to developed countries, it is their hope that they become citizens of their adoptive countries, so that they can enjoy the rights and privileges of being a citizen including the right to vote. However, the process may take a long time, since there are certain requirements that immigrants must have before they are considered for citizenship. In Canada, the process of becoming a Canadian citizen involves going through a process before immigrants can gain Canadian citizenship.
In Canada, there are some strict guidelines that immigrants must adhere to before they qualify to become citizens. An example of this is that only immigrants that have been granted permanent resident status and who are at least 18 years old can apply for citizenship. In addition, a permanent resident has had to reside in Canada for at least three to four years and be able to communicate either in English or in French. The application for citizenship costs $200 for adults and $100 for children (they must be permanent residents too), and usually takes around 12 to 18 months.
Immigrants are refused citizenship if they do not meet the criteria mentioned above. Other reasons for refusal include immigrants who have had their Canadian citizenship revoked, those who have been convicted of a crime, or charged with a criminal offense in the last three years, those who are being investigated or have been convicted of a war crime and those in prison, on parole or on probation.
If an application is successful, an immigrant needs to take the Canadian Citizenship test. If the applicant passes the test, the next step is to undergo an interview. Upon passing the interview, all that needs to be done is to wait for the ceremony when an immigrant takes the oath to become a Canadian citizen.
Just like other countries, becoming a Canadian citizen requires that an immigrant meet certain criteria and follow a stringent and sometimes strict process before granted citizenship. However, if an immigrant is knowledgeable of the steps that need to be taken, Canadian citizenship can be a fairly simple process.