Benefits of Becoming a Canadian Citizen
Are you considering transitioning from permanent residence (PR) to Canadian citizenship? There are many reasons to do so! Beyond the security and pride that comes with being a Canadian citizen, there are some benefits that are not available to permanent residents.
No Need to Renew Status
PR cards are only valid for five years. In this time frame, it’s possible to meet the residency requirement for citizenship. Permanent residents must be physically present in Canada for 1,095 days out of the past five years before applying. Once you become a Canadian citizen, there’s no need to renew your status!
Canadian citizens can apply for jobs that are not available to permanent residents. Certain government positions and jobs that require security clearance are only available to Canadian citizens.
Protection Against Losing Status
Permanent residents can be deported regardless of how long they’ve been in Canada. There are only a few instances in which citizenship status can be revoked. A person’s citizenship can be taken away if obtained by false representation, fraud, or knowingly concealing material circumstances. Other causes usually relate to:
- Human or international rights
- Participation in organized crime
Let your voice be heard! Canadian citizens can vote in all elections, run for office and represent constituents on important issues.
Citizens receive Canadian passports! Many countries allow Canadian passport holders to enter without a visa for certain purposes. Canada also recognizes dual citizenship. If your country of birth does as well, then you may be able to hold two passports.