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How to become a Canadian citizen

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Calgary, Canada

When asked, Canada is one of the first countries people say they want to move to, yet unfortunately, there’s more to getting in than just arriving! So, if you’re curious about moving to Canada and want to see what you’ll have to face, these are the top things to consider.

Find a job that will hire you in Canada

One of the easiest ways to move to Canada is to get hired by a Canadian company that needs you on site.  Already having a job lined up ensures that you’re required and capable of working and paying for things while you live here.

If you’re self-employed, you can still make a move to Canada, but you’ll have to prove that what you do for a living has cultural relevance and will give back to Canada.  This is usually through creative efforts or sports.

Have family or loved ones in Canada

If you’re related to someone in Canada or take care of children who are moving back to Canada and have citizenship: you’ll be granted access to the country.  This isn’t a quick way to get citizenship, you’ll still have to go through the regular tests and steps to prove yourself, but it’s a good first step.

Show you can read and write in English or French

Canada has two national languages, English and French.  To be considered for Canadian citizenship, you need to prove you can read and write in either French or English so that you can communicate with those around you.

There are pushes to change this law, especially with how easy it is to translate and find help digitally, but for now, it still stands.

Be a permanent resident

If you want citizenship, you have to have lived in Canada for at least 1,095 days in the last five years.  This shows that you’re already treating Canada as your home and that you won’t change your mind and try to flop back to your home country on a whim.

This still gives you wiggle room, since five years is 1,825 days, you have 730 you can spend traveling; that’s two years.   If you’re not prepared to do this, you may want to reconsider if you wish to live in Canada or not.

Filed taxes for three of Five Years

Canada wants people to move here who can contribute and give back to the country they live in.  If you buy land, pay taxes, and work, you can show that you’re capable of giving back.

So before looking at Calgary homes for sale, consider looking at how much you’ll owe in taxes every year and how quickly you’ll have to pay that back.  This can be draining, especially if you’re not working with a large budget, but it’s important math to do so that you can ensure that you can afford to live here. 

This can complicate things for you regarding taxes since America still requires you to pay taxes when you leave the country unless you renounce your citizenship, so consider that carefully.

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