There are significant additional benefits extended to Canadian citizens over those given to permanent residents of Canada. The Chaudhary Law Office is pleased to provide service in Citizenship applications. Persons who have obtained their permanent residence and have been residing in Canada for three years in a four-year period are eligible for Canadian citizenship. Applicants who have less than three years of residence out of a four year period may still be able to acquire citizenship in certain circumstances. Applicants are also required to undergo a citizenship test to demonstrate knowledge about Canada, be able to communicate in either English or French. However, persons under the age of 18 do not need to meet these requirements, and these requirements may be waived for people over the age of 60. At the final stage of the process, applicants will be awarded their citizenship card by a Judge at a special ceremony. There is a right of appeal against a refused citizenship application. This can be exercised only within 60 days of the date of the refused citizenship decision.
Canadian citizens who are refused an application for the granting of a passport or have their passport revoked, require legal representation before an adjudicator who has the authority to reinstate a person’s ability to apply for a passport.