When they become eligible, more than 80% of Canadian permanent residents ask for Canadian citizenship. So, what are the characteristics that make citizenship in Canada so appealing?
Every individual’s scenario is unique. There are other variables to consider, such as regulations governing dual citizenship and taxes in other nations. However, there are several compelling reasons why so many people want citizenship in Canada.
A person does not have to do anything to keep their Canadian citizenship once they get it. In truth, losing one’s Canadian citizenship is extremely difficult, especially after the Trudeau government’s 2017 amendments. Currently, the government can only revoke Canadian citizenship if it can prove the bearer committed fraud or deception.
Canada has a great international reputation. As a result, Canadian citizens can visit most countries in the globe without a visa or obtain one upon arrival. The vast majority of European Union members fall within this category, which includes the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Schengen Countries.
The Henley and Partners Passport Index 2021 assesses various international passports according to their ‘power,’ or the capacity they grant their holders to travel to other nations. In the survey, Canada was placed 9th out of 199 passports.
A Canadian passport also grants the possessor the constitutional right to enter, remain in, and exit the country.
Benefits for Children
Citizenship in Canada can be passed down through the generations. Anyone born in Canada is automatically a Canadian citizen. However, only a citizen can immediately transmit citizenship to children born outside of Canada.
Some employment, particularly sensitive positions in government or security, may provide Canadian citizens preference or exclusive consideration.
Participation in Politics
Only Canadian citizens have the right to vote or run for federal office, according to the Canadian Constitution. Unlike the United States, Canada has no restrictions on someone who was not born a citizen becoming the country’s leader. However, citizenship is required to fully participate in Canada’s democratic life.
Citizenship in two countries
Dual citizenship is legal in Canada. This means that a person can become a Canadian citizen while still maintaining their other citizenship.
For many people, becoming a citizen is the most complete and last step toward becoming a member of the “Canadian family.” Ceremonies are frequently emotional experiences for participants and their families.