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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!
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 Dominion
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- Time spend in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker
- Time spend in Canada as a Student
- Time spend in Canada as a Tourist
- 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?
- 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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