There are a number of good reasons for moving from permanent residency to Canadian citizenship.
Beyond the security and pride that comes with citizenship, there are certain benefits not available to permanent residents.
Here are five benefits of obtaining Canadian citizenship.
No need to renew the status
Most PR cards are only valid for five years. During this time, it is possible to meet the residency requirement for citizenship. Permanent residents must be physically present in Canada for 1,095 days in the past five years before applying.
Once you are a citizen, there is no need to renew your citizenship status. Citizenship certificates are valid indefinitely.
More job opportunities
Canadian citizens can apply for jobs that are not available to permanent residents. Some government jobs and some jobs that require security clearances are only available to Canadian citizens.
Better protection against loss of status
It is possible for permanent residents to be deported no matter how long they have lived in Canada.
There are only a few circumstances in which citizenship status can be revoked. Under Canadian law, a person’s citizenship can be taken away if it was obtained through misrepresentation, fraud or the knowing concealment of material circumstances. Other reasons for revoking citizenship relate to security, human or international rights violations, or organized crime.
The right to vote
Canadian citizens can vote in all elections. They can also run for office and represent voters on issues important to Canadians.
Canada also recognizes dual citizenship. If your country of birth also recognizes dual citizenship, you may be able to hold two passports. If your country does not allow dual citizenship, you may want to analyze the pros and cons of choosing one passport over another.
About 86% of Canadian permanent residents become citizens, one of the highest rates among Western countries.
When permanent residents become Canadian citizens, it benefits both themselves and the country as a whole. It gives immigrants the right to vote, enables them to have political influence, and studies suggest it can improve economic opportunities for immigrants.
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