Zee Overseas is a group of certified and authorized immigration and citizenship experts assisting professionals, business people, and family members of permanent residents and citizens in making Canada, Australia, the USA, the UK, and various European countries their home. The consultants have helped hundreds of people move to Canada to start a new life and their families. They carefully analyze your academic background, technical qualifications and training, current circumstances, and personal goals to decide which services suit you and your family. They respond quickly and accurately to your questions or concerns, ensuring you stay stress-free.
Many foreign nationals chasing their dreams are wondering how to immigrate to Canada. However, the Canadian government’s rules for settling here are complex and hard to navigate. Put our immigration expertise and legal services to work for your project. We’ll verify your eligibility for the available work or study permit applications and find the most suitable Canadian immigration program for you.
Similar to applying for permanent residence, those wishing to become a Canadian citizen must first begin by submitting an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will then be asked to sit and pass the citizenship test. IRCC will provide citizen applicants with a study guide to help them achieve a passing grade on the 30-minute test. Applicants under 18 will not be required to take the test. In order to be admitted to the exam room, citizen applicants will be required to present themselves with any relevant (original) documentation pertaining to their permanent residence in Canada, immigration documents, photo identification, and passport. Photocopies will not be accepted. Those wishing to obtain Canadian citizenship must also meet the minimum language requirements in order to be eligible, and must provide either:
- A transcript or diploma from post-secondary studies in English or French;
- Language test results from an approved testing agency; or
- Proof of achievement for the Canadian Level Benchmark 4 or higher.
Some applicants may also be asked to undergo an interview before a citizenship judge. Citizenship applicants who successfully meet all eligibility requirements and pass all tests (and interview, if requested) must attend a citizenship ceremony where they will receive their certificate of Canadian citizenship and become official Canadian citizens. Permanent residents hoping to become a Canadian citizen must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Have lived in Canada for three years (1,095 days) during the five years before you sign and submit your citizenship application. Days physically spent in Canada as a student, visitor, worker, temporary resident, or protected person within the last five years may be used to count one-half day, up to 365 days, toward the 1,095 day total;
- Meet the minimum language requirements in either English or French. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 will be required to show proof of their language proficiency;
- Possess a basic knowledge of a Canadian citizen’s rights and responsibilities, as well as knowledge of Canadian history, geography, and political system in order to pass the Canadian citizen test once their application is approved;
- Must not have a criminal history that will prohibit the granting of Canadian citizenship.
Ineligibility for Citizenship
Conversely, citizenship applications will be denied to applicants who:
- Are not Canadian permanent residents;
- Do not meet or cannot provide proof of the minimum residency requirements;
- Do not meet the minimum language proficiencies in either English or French;
- Fail their Canadian citizenship test and/or interview;
- Have been ordered to leave Canada;
- Have been convicted of a criminal offense in the last three years;
- Have had their citizenship revoked;
- Are on parole, probation, or are in prison;
- Have been convicted or are under investigation for a crime against humanity or war crime.