Looking for a smart entry into Canada through Marriage? Here’s the best way to legally obtain Canadian citizenship through marriage. Here, we’ll guide you through the possible ways of getting Canadian citizenship through marriage.
As we all know, Canada has a diverse and welcoming society and is a desirable destination for those seeking a better life. If you’re married to a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you may be eligible for Canadian citizenship through marriage.
Is Canadian citizenship through marriage possible?
Debunk any information that says that Marrying a Canadian citizen doesn’t give you citizenship or There isn’t a special process for spouses of Canadian citizens. Because after three years, a permanent resident can apply for Canadian citizenship if he or she chooses to do so, or may remain a permanent resident.
Once you are married or in a common-law relationship, you can then apply for a spousal sponsorship. Only after the application for spousal sponsorship is approved, will the married spouse become a Canadian permanent resident.
Because after two years, you will need to file Form I-751 to remove the conditions of residence and to get a permanent green card. If you have already been married for two years when you are interviewed for your initial green card, that card will be permanent.
- Your spouse should be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.
- You should have lived in Canada for at least 1,095 days (three years) in the last five years.
- You should have filed your taxes for at least three years within the five-year period if required under the Income Tax Act.
- Obtaining Permanent Residency: Not already a permanent resident? You’ll need to apply for this status.
- Physical Presence Requirement: It doesn’t need to be consistent, but you must physically reside in Canada for at least 1,095 days in the last five years.
- Document verification: You’ll need to gather a lot of official documents for verification. See Below for More.
- Citizenship Test and Interview: Applicants aged 18-54 must take a written test on Canadian history, values, institutions, language, and symbols.
- Application Submission: After confirming all documents, you can submit your application, and pay the processing fee.
- Processing of document begins: There’s no specific time to the duration, but within 3 weeks to several months, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will review your application, conduct background checks, and verify your eligibility.
- Citizenship Ceremony: Once your application is approved, you’ll be invited to a citizenship ceremony where you’ll take the Oath of Citizenship and officially become a Canadian citizen.
Documents for verification
- Proof of permanent residency
- Proof of meeting the physical presence requirement
- Language proficiency proof (usually in English or French)
- Tax documents
- Marriage certificate or evidence of a genuine marriage, and
- Police clearance certificates from all countries you have lived in for more than six months.
However, it is important that you always consult the official Citizenship and Immigration Canada website or seek legal advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information as each province has its own requirements.
Also now that it is possible to get married in Canada as a visitor or on a temporary resident visa. You don’t need to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You will still need to meet the requirements of the province you choose to get married.