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Part II - Canadian citizenship

It is always a pleasure when Don Cameron contributes to this list.  Don is a
former Canadian Consul who worked all over the world opening Canadian
Immigration offices, etc., etc.  He also wrote the internal Immigration
newsletter for (I think) 14 years before going into private practice.
If I don't know the answer, i always call Don first.   His comments about
waiting times are apropos here.
Oh Yes, to all our Canadian readers, Happy CANADA DAY and to all our
American readers, Happy July 4th.
I feel a little left out of July 4th this year.  It is the first time in
years that I haven't been invited to the US Consul General's for the July
4th Lawn Party.  Sniff Sniff!
PS, if you need to talk to Don, his email address is just below and his
phone number is: (604) 303-9992
-----Original Message-----
From: Donald Cameron [mailto:cameron at]
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2006 7:29 AM
To: taxman at; centapede at
Subject: Re: US Income Tax Help in Canada USA - Canadian citizenship
after livingin Canada for three years and leaving - Louise Shipway CSIC
-David Ingram gives expert income tax & immigration help tonon-resident
Americans & Canadians from New York toCalifornia to
A few weeks ago I accompanied to an interview with a Citizenship Officer two
citizenship applicants who had applied 23 months previously.  (As they were
over the age of 55 they were exempt from the examination.)  They were told
that it would take another 4 to 6 months to complete the application.
So the current processing time in Vancouver is over 2 YEARS!
Best regards,
----- Original Message -----
From: <centapede at>
To: "CENTAPEDE" <centapede at>; "Com Webmaster at Featureweb."
<webmaster at>
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 11:19 PM
Subject: US Income Tax Help in Canada USA - Canadian citizenship after
living in Canada for three years and leaving - xxxxxxx xxxxxxx CSIC -David
Ingram gives expert income tax & immigration help tonon-resident Americans &
Canadians from New York toCalifornia to Saudi Arabia
> cameron at Please see bottom of message if you wish to > unsubscribe. > ------------------------------------------ > My_question_is: Applicable to both US and Canada > Subject:        canadian citizenship > Expert:         taxman at > Date:           Monday June 26, 2006 > Time:           02:59 PM -0700 > > QUESTION: > > Hi David, > > My wife is an american citizen and a canadian permanent resident. She > wants > to apply for canadian citizenship on her 3 year anniversary and we then > planned to move to the states. Well it turns out the application process > takes 12-15 months!!! Do you know if she can apply before we leave for the > US and then still get her citizenship even after we have moved south? > > Yuor help is much appreciatted! > THNX > > > ---------------------------------------- > david ingram replies: > > Well, you know where to come or send your US and Canadian returns to for > the > year you leave the country and I hope your wife has kept her US returns up > to date because she has to continue to file a US return for every year she > lives in Canada. > > I have asked xxxxxx ssssxxx, a member of CSIC to answer the Citizenship > question for you. > > -- > > Yes, this is possible. > > Applicants must meet the citizenship requirements the day before filing > and > must not lose permanent residence status anytime before being granted > citizenship. > > To become a Canadian Citizen, you must be: > · 18 years or older > · a permanent resident of Canada > · living in Canada for at least 3 of 4 years before applying; that would > be > 1095 days physically in Canada during the four years prior to the date of > application > · speak English or French > · know about Canada > · know about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship > > Between the ages of 18 and 54, the applicant must take a citizenship test. > > You cannot become a Canadian Citizen if you: > · are under a removal order > · are now charged with an indictable criminal offence > · have been convicted of an indictable criminal offence in the last three > years > · are now in prison, on parole, or on probation > · have been investigated for or been convicted of war crimes > · had your citizenship revoked in the last 5 years > > Any day during which an applicant for citizenship resided with the > applicant > 's spouse or common-law partner who at the time was a Canadian Citizen and > was employed outside Canada in or with the Canadian Armed Forces or the > public service of Canada or of a province, otherwise than as a locally > engaged person, shall be treated as the equivalent to one day of residence > in Canada. > > To maintain permanent residence: > For 730 days in the five year period immediately prior to examination, a > permanent resident must be physically in Canada, or be outside Canada > accompanying a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident, who is their spouse > or common-law partner, or be outside Canada employed by a Canadian > business > or in the public service of Canada or of a province, or it is determined > by > an officer that there are sufficient humanitarian and compassionate > considerations related to permanent residence taking into account the best > interests of a child directly affected by the decision. > > You don't say if you are a Canadian Citizen, but I will assume that you > are. > Therefore, providing that your wife meets the requirements for Citizenship > and has no reason to prevent Citizenship, and providing she meets the > permanent residence requirements which includes being outside Canada with > you, she can leave Canada after applying for Citizenship.  Of course, > there > isn't a lot of notice given to sit the Citizenship Test so practically > speaking a degree of flexibility will be required on her part.  I hope > this > is helpful and please advise if you have further questions. > > No one should rely solely on this information.  Readers should obtain > formal > advice from either a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant or > Immigration Lawyer.  Please see the disclaimer below. > > Louise Shipway > Chartered MCIPD (London UK) > Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant (CSIC) > > Bio > Louise's business experience spans the UK and Canada, in senior HR > positions, at strategic, operational and at board level with for profit, > non-profit and not-for profit organizations.  After graduating last year > from the University of British Columbia's Immigration Practitioner's > Program, Louise subsequently became licensed to practice immigration with > the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, CSIC > Member Number M063032. 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