Permanent residents whose original schedules for Canadian citizenship ceremonies were cancelled because of COVID-19 will soon be able to take their Oath of Citizenship online.
In a statement issued to CBC, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said that they are intending to “implement virtual citizenship ceremonies as quickly as possible”.
IRCC will make online citizenship ceremonies available to permanent residents who were perviously scheduled to take their Oath of Citizenship in person, but were cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
IRCC also said that permanent residents who can demonstrate a “pressing need for Canadian citizenship” will also be able to take their Oath of Citizenship during an online ceremony.
IRCC said that the online ceremony would “protect the integrity of the legal process and reflect the importance of the occasion” .
WHY APPLY FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP?
Permanent residents over the age of 14 who meet the minimum requirements can apply for Canadian citizenship.
There are many benefits from being a Canadian citizen. Canadian citizens can vote during elections. They can also run for public office, if they choose to serve Canada in this capacity.
Canadian citizens are also given priority when applying for public sector jobs.
One of the best parts of being a Canadian citizen is being able to travel the world with a Canadian passport. The Canadian passport allows its bearers visa-free entry to more than 183 countries around the world.
Before being able to apply for Canadian citizenship, permanent residents must meet the minimum requirements, including being physically present in Canada for three years (within five years), as well as submitting income tax returns.
Permanent residents who meet the minimum requirements must also take the citizenship test and prove their language proficiency in French or English.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU PROMISES FREE CITIZENSHIP
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that his government would waive the fees associated with applying for Canadian citizenship, which currently costs CAD$530.00, plus another CAD$100.00 for the Right to Citizenship fee.
The Government of Canada hopes the move will encourage more permanent residents to apply for citizenship.
Canada has one of the world’s highest citizenship acquisition rates, with more than 85% of permanent residents eventually becoming Canadian citizens.
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