So you’ve met the minimum requirements to submit an application for Canadian citizenship. Congratulations! Now, it’s time for you to take the next step: submit the requirements and take the Canadian Citizenship Test.
Permanent Residency is a funny thing. It’s like you’ve got one foot in the door, but you’re not quite fully Canadian yet.
You get to live and work in Canada, but there are still things you can’t have or do.
For example, you can’t travel on a Canadian passport. You still get to keep your Philippine passport, which in itself isn’t altogether all that bad, until you try to cross the border into the US.
Also, you can’t vote or run for public office. Our biggest issue with being a Permanent Resident is that you can’t apply to be a Canadian spy (you’ll need Top Secret clearance for that, which you can’t get unless you’re a Canadian citizen).
But perhaps the biggest issue we have with being a Permanent Resident is that you can still get deported.
If you are convicted of any major crime (terrorist related or otherwise), it’s very likely that you’ll be issued a removal order and asked to leave Canada.
Because Canada is polite like that. Oh, and you’ll be asked to bring all your qualified dependents with you as well. No matter how long you’ve been a Permanent Resident.
So, if you’re asking when would be a good time to apply for Canadian citizenship, we’d tell you the best time to start preparing would have been yesterday.
WHAT IS THE CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP TEST?
The Canadian Citizenship Test is one of the requirements Permanent Residents must take and pass in order to become a citizen of Canada.
The test is administered by the Government of Canada’s immigration agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Permanent Residents who are applying for Canadian citizenship between the ages of 18 and 54 must take the Canadian Citizenship Test, provided they meet the minimum requirements for application.
HOW MANY QUESTIONS ARE ON THE CITIZENSHIP TEST IN CANADA?
The written portion of the test has 20 questions. You will be given 30 minutes to answer the questions. You must get at least 15 correct answers to pass.
HOW MANY QUESTIONS ARE ON THE CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP TEST IN 2019?
There are 20 questions on the test, with multiple choice answers. You must answer at least 15 questions correctly. The test has a time limit of 30 minutes. The questions are based on information found in the Discover Canada document.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING TO THE CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP TEST?
Documentary requirements can be found here.
Each person taking the test must bring:
Record of Landing (IMM 1000) or Certificate of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292 or IMM 5509) and Permanent Resident Card Another photo ID (preferably with a signature)
Every Philippine passport (expired and current) for every applicant
Copies of supporting documents sent with including Birth Certificates, NSO documents for legal change of names, etc.
DOES CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP REQUIRE LANGUAGE TEST?
Applicants for Canadian citizenship between the ages of 18 to 54 must meet the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 4 or higher in speaking and listening.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO APPLY FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP?
Whatever you do, don’t procrastinate. Start preparing for your Canadian citizenship months before by gathering all the documents that are already available (such as copies of birth and marriage certificates, etc).
If you don’t have copies of these documents available, it’s a good idea to go and order copies from the Philippines. Remember that this will take some time, and you don’t want to postpone submitting the Canadian citizenship application just because you’re missing a birth certificate.
Also, don’t expect the application fee to decrease; it never does, and barring extraordinary circumstances, it never will. Chances are, it will just increase, so submit your application as soon as you can.
If you are applying together with family members, make sure to include the expenses associated with the application in your budget.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP TEST?
Get yourself a copy of Discover Canada. It’s available for free online, and you can also order a paper copy if that’s what you’d prefer.
It’s got a nice photo of the Queen inside, and a boatload of information about becoming a Canadian citizen as well Canadian Laws and duties of citizenship.
There’s absolutely no reason for you to spend too much time going through the document. In fact, we don’t recommend memorizing any of it at all.
The test is set up in a manner that it would be very difficult for you to fail, as long as you’ve gone through the document at least once.
Our suggestion is to read it once and relax, it’s not going to be one of those entrance exams you might have taken for college in the Philippines. Provided you’ve spent the previous years as a Permanent Resident learning how to be Canadian, you’ll be fine.
AFTER SUBMITTING THE CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION
There are many, many resources available to help you prepare for the Canadian Citizenship Test, but if you want to make sure that you pass, there’s only one you need:
The Online Citizenship Quiz available at www.citizenshipcounts.ca
The quiz is prepared by OCASI, which receives funding from IRCC, and contains the exact questions that will be asked in the Canadian Citizenship Test.
The online quiz is randomized, meaning that you won’t be asked the same questions in the same sequence but take it several times to get a feel for it.
Don’t spend any more time or money with anything else, just go out and buy some TimBits and a Double Double if you are so inclined.
If you do it early enough, and often enough, you’ll start to see patterns in the way the online quiz is set up. Once you are confident with the answers, and you’ve consistently passed the quiz after numerous attempts, you’re ready for the real thing!
THINGS TO DO THE DAY BEFORE THE EXAM
We can’t stress this enough, but make sure to prepare everything several days before the scheduled date for the exam.
That means taking the necessary time off from work the day before (if possible) and the actual day of the exam.
You’ll also need to schedule for transportation. If you’re ordering an Uber or a taxi, call beforehand. If you’re bringing your own vehicle, make sure it’s all gassed up and the tires are properly inflated. You don’t want to reschedule your Canadian citizenship test just because you ran out of gas on your way.
Get plenty of rest the night before. Don’t schedule anything so that you can get plenty of sleep. Have a nice, light breakfast before you go so that you can be alert whilst taking the test.
ON THE DAY OF THE CITIZENSHIP TEST
Make sure to arrive well ahead of time. You don’t need to be there hours ahead of time, there will be plenty of parking and seats available when you get there.
Just don’t be late. Use apps like Waze to bypass any unforeseen traffic on the way.
IT’S OKAY IF YOU DON’T GET 100%
Just like how not everybody can be Instagram-famous, not everyone can get 100% on the Canadian citizenship exam.
If it’s THAT important for you, well then, study for it. It really isn’t worth the hassle of studying too much for it, you only need 15 correct answers to pass.
We got two questions wrong when we took it several years ago, and we’re just as every bit as Canadian citizens as the guys who got 100%.
Remember, you’re living in a country where in school you only need 50% to pass.
Don’t compare yourself to your friend who took the test before you. Just prepare yourself mentally and don’t stress yourself over it.
Like we said, you’ve already gotten one foot in the door.
Good luck, we look forward to welcoming you all as the newest members of our growing Canadian family.
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