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Part Two: 10 Immigration Tips That Will Improve Your Application for Canadian Citizenship

6. Stay up to date on Canadian Politics

Unlike the United States right now, Canada is seeing amazing progress in its acceptance of immigrants and finding strength in the vibrant diversity of different cultures.

Rather than closing its doors, Canada seems to be leading the fight on the side of the good guys. The Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is seeing possibly the best times for Canada since prior administrations.

Thanks to the intelligent new immigration policy led by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen (himself a Somalian Refugee), Canada has set a record for accepting the largest number of immigrants in 2016-2017.

Make sure to follow these amazing politicians, and pay attention to new elections. After all, if you’re planning on being a Canadian citizen you will be given the right to vote for such important political figures in the future!

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7. Learn about Canadian History

Don’t forget! To get your citizenship, you’ll have to brush up on things like Canadian history, rights and responsibilities, Canadian regions and much more! So, I’ve decided to give you some interesting facts that you should know before taking the exam.

  • In 1867 Sir Jon Alexander Macdonald became the first Prime Minister of the Canadian Dominioncanada immigration sir john Macdonald
  • In 1917 Women were given the right to vote in Canadian federal elections
  • Every November 11th Canadians remember the sacrifices made by fallen Canadian soldiers. A moment of silence is observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. A red poppy flower is worn as a symbol of remembrance.canada immigration poppy flower
  • Hockey is Canada’s most popular spectator sport and is considered to be the national winter sport
  • The symbol located in the middle of the flag is a maple leaf. This symbol represents the French-Canadians of 1700 and has been used as a national symbol since the 1850’s.

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If you would like to take a practice citizenship exam, The Richmond Public Library has created an online exam which you can access here. Good luck and don’t forget to study!

8. Improve your language skills

We all agree that a smile can go a long way. However, if you are in the process of moving to Canada and applying for a Canadian Visa, giving the Canadian government a warm handshake and a friendly grin will not cut it.

As one of the required steps to securing your Permanent Resident Visa and becoming a Canadian Citizen, you will need to prove your English skills. That is why the Canadian government requires all Canadian Visa applicants to take the IELTS exam.

Note: English is the native language of Canada. 86% of Canadians speak English, While 66% of Canadians speak English as a first language.

What is the IELTS Exam?

The International English Language Testing System (or IELTS Exam) consists of four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Test takers are graded on a scale ranging from 1 (non-user) to 9 (Expert).

What do I need to score on the Exam?

To answer this question, you will need to decide which Canadian Visa Program you wish to apply to. For instance, the Express Entry Program requires (at least) a combined score of 7, while the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) requires (at least) a combined score of 4.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend you shoot for a combined score of at least 6.5.

When/Where do I take the IELTS Exam?

The IELTS Exam is administered in more than 1,100 locations all over the globe (more than 50 locations in the United States alone) and is scheduled 48 times a year. If you would like to search for a test location near you click here.

How can I prepare for the exam and also score extra Canadian immigration points?

  • sign up for IELTS prep courses
  • have your spouse also take the exam
  • Take the TEF Exam (Test d’Evaluation de Français)

9. Calculate your physical presence according to the NEW POLICY

Physical Presence refers to the amount of time you have been present in Canada. According to the Canadian government, before you are eligible to apply for Canadian Citizenship you must be present in Canada for a period of at least 3 years. This is important to know because the old policy required the physical presence to be 6 years!

While 2 of the 3 years must be spent as a Canadian Permanent Resident, you are allowed to calculate up to one year for the following:

  1. Time spend in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker
  2. Time spend in Canada as a Student
  3. Time spend in Canada as a Tourist
  4. Time spend in Canada as a Refugee

We mention this helpful tip, because many of you may already be eligible for Canadian citizenship after only 2 years of being a Permanent Resident of Canada.

10. Learn about the financial ins and outs of Canada

If you’ve decided on immigrating to Canada and becoming a Canada citizen for the economic benefits, you’re among the wise. In 2017 Canada’s economy topped the G7 and is forecasted by experts to beat USA growth in 2018. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the Canadian Economy will grow 3.7 percent compared to a 3.2 percent growth in 2017.

But, what can you do to contribute and benefit from this amazing Economy?

  • Go one step further and chose the province best fit for your economic needs.

For instance, what is in your budget for your living situation? Will you be looking to rent an apartment, or put money down on a new house? Would you prefer a quiet place in the suburbs or a quiet place in the country?

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  • Understand the most in-demand jobs according to the provinces.

Cities like Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto have very strong business centers and are in demand for Financial Analysts, Marketing Analysts, and Primary Production Managers – While provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, are currently in demand for oil drillers and skilled miners.

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I'm a true lover of hockey, maple syrup, and the outdoors. I enjoy helping others find out more about my home and native land :)

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Rohesha koonjul

I would like to apply for expresd entry

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Hi Mr. Koonjul,
    If you want to apply to the Express entry program, just remember that there are certain requirements. For instance: minimum of 7 CLB on your IELTS Exam and at least 12 months of skilled work experience to name a few. Also, you should know that new points are available (as of October 24, 2017) for French language skills and having siblings who are permanent residents or Canadian Citizens. Wishing you the best of luck!

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Rachid messaoudi

I want to live in Canada

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Hi Rachid 🙂
    I don’t blame you. Did you know the average Canadian family makes 75,000 dollars a year?

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Abdullah

hi im living in italy but i want to move canada its possibal

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Hi Abdullah :),
    You can start the immigration process from anywhere in the world! Why would Italy be any different?

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Abe Jabessa

Canda God Bless U

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Abe Jabessa

I like Canada! GBU

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Thanks Abe 🙂
    GBU

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AHMET DINANAKGIL

Dear Sir .Madam
i want to vizit my family togther in Canada
We how apply to Vizitor visas to ..
Pls if eny details
Kind Regards
AHMET DINANAKGIL
SOUTH AFRICA .DURBAN

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Hi Ahmet,
    Getting a Visitors Visa shouldn’t be too difficult. You can try the process yourself or get the help of a private immigration office. Start researching options on the internet.

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Ahmed lambarki idrissi

Je checche un Traville n’importe

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Hi Ahmed,
    You will need to invest some time in getting some great reference letters from your past employers and drafting a new resume. If you are looking for a job quickly, you should look into the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

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elizabeth jose

Hi Randy I liked this post. I would love to move to Canada to work and settle. Even to work for a year or two on a Work Permit.However my options are very limited or next to none. Early this year, I explored the Atlantic Immigration Pilot March 2017 using the services of a local consultant here in Mumbai India where I live. they also marketed my resume for free for 3 months between end May – Sept first week, – to several employers across Atlantic Canada as well as Saskatechewan and a few other provinces. No luck

I was only eligible to apply for the AIPP Atlantic Pilot as the age upto which one could apply was 55 yrs. I was 54 back then (around end April when I enrolled with the consultant). I turned 55 in Sept. For express entry i simply cant meet the minimum 67 points (as for most PNPs as well) due to the age factor. I got only 60 points for the Federal Skilled Worker program.

I am still awaiting a response from an Atlantic Canada employer. I have also applied independently for several job listings on online job boards like Glassdoor Workopolis Indieed Career Beacon etc…..Have been doing so since the last 6 months or more.
A friend of mine who is a Canadian citizen now and has lived in Canadian since the last 25 years has told me candidly that at my age it is impossible for me to apply to come to Canada (apart from perhaps a Tourist Visa).

I have over 27 yrs of total work experience. I am an Executive Assistant and work for a director of my company here in mumbai. My NOC for Canada is 1241 (Administrative Assistant).

Do you think it would be worthwhile to visit Canada on a visit visa next year and see if I can approach a Recruiter whilst there? I believe I might be able to get a Tourist visa as I have a stable job here and family too and am living in my family home with my siblings.

What do you think?

appreciate your response,
elizabeth jose
mumbai maharashtra state India

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Getting a Visitors Visa would be a great idea. Come and see Canada 🙂

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Sumael saheed

How i wish to live in Canada with my family so that i can give my son the best education in Canada but destiny make me found my Salf in Italy with my family is the anyway for me and my family to Canada, may god almighty bless Canada .

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Hi Sumael 🙂
    You can start the Canadian immigration process anywhere in the world. The trick is to find a company that provides an Online Immigration System, where you are able to upload your documents and do the immigration process straight from your computer or mobile device.

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prince

i want to move to canada

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    That’s great! I’m sure these tips will help then!

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Arjay Santos Gonzales

I am formerly OFW in Japan as Press Machine Operator for three years(skilled worker).what will i do to work in Canada?thank you.godbless

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    That’s wonderful! Nice to meet you. Glad you are reading the article. That means you are making some good decisions. Make sure to follow my tips, and you will do great!

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Oleg Andreyev

I want to live in Canada

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    That’s greay Oleg! We support your dream to come here.

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R.

Hi Randy,

This is fantastic–and frankly very refreshing given the sickening wave of non-discerning anti-immigration sentiments typical of the majority of Europe now. Myself and my wife are in our 30s and highly qualified in the arts and humanities. Any advice on how long the express entry immigration procedure typically takes (months wise)?

Hope to be maple syrup indulging soon 🙂

R.

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    Randy Travis (Blogger for ItsCanadaTime)

    Hi R. 🙂

    Even though the express entry process can take often less than 6 months, you should look at some of the other options that have recently been supported by the Immigration Minister himself. I recommend you look at each province (by way of the Provincial Nominees Program), due to the fact that they are coming out with their specific needs when it comes to specific professions. There are provinces (like Manitoba for instance) that currently offer fast track Visa programs that will get you a priority Visa in less than 2 weeks. Another way to get a priority Visa is by applying for the Global Skills Program. Please do some research on the programs I have just mentioned, and if you want to speak to an Immigration Expert on the matter, you can sign up on our website, for a meeting via phone.

    Indulge in maple syrup you may,
    Randy

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Abdifitaah

Hi my name is Abdifitaah mohamuud i like you people i like you country this is my number +27634145965 thank you

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Tanvir

Hello dear sir, my brother is a Canadian permanent residence and live in Saskatoon with his family. what i need to move there as a permanent residence? what is the score of ielts should i get? can you tell me in details please

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    Violet Mitchell

    Hi Tanvir, nice to meet you.
    I’d love to have one of our experts contact you and answer all your questions. If you like, you can leave your contact details at the bottom of our homepage, and someone will contact your shortly.
    Good luck!

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Waleed Khan

Hi Randy,
First of all, I would like to appreciate your work. This article was very much informative. However, I would like to ask that I live in Pakistan and have Associate Cost and Management Accountant certificate along with an MBA Finance with 3 plus years of experience in Internal Audit function and I will be 27 in this July. I am eager to start my process for Canadian immigration but the only problem here is the immigration officer here in Pakistan usually don’t even share the I.D. and password to even check your profile status. So in that scenario, please guide me what should I do? What are my chances and what should be the minimum score I need to secure my profile??

Would really appreciate your response in this regards.
Thanks.

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    Violet Mitchell

    Hi Waleed!
    I’m glad to hear you find Randy’s article helpful.
    I would love to assist you with your question, but I think it would be best to discuss it with our immigration experts. They will be better able to asses all the specifics of your case and give you all the information you need.
    So I would suggest leaving your contact details at the bottom of this page, and someone will contact you shortly.
    Good luck!

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Janet Patsanza

Iam glad with the information i received so far.I am a qualified nurse here in Zimbabwe and would need information on how to join the canadian nurses register

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    Violet Mitchell

    Hi!
    That’s great. Caregivers are in demand.
    We’d love to help you with your immigration process.
    You can start here.
    Good luck!

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stays on topic and states valid points. Thank you.

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