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What are the benefits of being a Canadian citizen?

Most of the people thought of immigrating or moving to Canada as a new start for their life, and most of the people are aiming for permanent residency (PR) as their final status instead of Canadian citizenship. This is because some countries do not allow dual citizenship status, so whether to be naturalized or not has become the most troublesome problem for new immigrants. Today, we are looking at the benefits of getting a Canadian citizenship status and the difference between a Canadian passport holder and a PR card holder.

First of all, Canadian values include freedom, respect for cultural differences, and a commitment to social justice. The meaning of being a Canadian citizen means that you can get access to social services, healthcare, education, and the ability to live and work in Canada without restrictions. On the other hand, Canadian passport holders also enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to over 185 countries. Citizens who holding a Canadian passport can travel to the following countries without any visa:

Can stay more than 90 days:

UK - up to 6 months

United States - up to 6 months

South Korea - up to 6 months

Malaysia - up to 3 months

Israel - up to 3 months

And for a stay of up to 90 days include but not limited to such as France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, Austria and more…

Once you have a Canadian passport, you are already a Canadian citizen and are entitled to all other Canadian rights and freedoms, such as the right to vote and stand for election. You will also find it easier to find work, as there are some jobs in Canada that are not available to permanent residents (PR card holders). You no longer need to regularly update your identity and current status to IRCC, as those who choose to remain in Canada as permanent residents must renew their status with IRCC every five years. This means there is no need to file an application or apply for an extension with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Canadian citizens are not stripped of their citizenship if they commit a crime. Permanent residents (PR Card holders) who commit crimes on the other hand, will be deprived of their status and sent back to their original nationality.

FYI: There are also some side benefits when you first become a Canadian citizen after you receive your passport as the country wants you to explore more about the country. Such as having a whole year of free admission to museums, science centres, art galleries and parks all across Canada, and it benefits not just the passport holder but you may also bring up to four children of your own or relatives per visit as well.

Fingerprinting Security Canada Inc. is here to provide digital fingerprinting services that can help you with applying for criminal record check (CRC) for any kinds of immigration purposes. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call, email or just walk-in for more information.

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