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Married to Canadian - can I get citizenship?

Old Jul 25th 2009, 5:04 pm
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Default Married to Canadian - can I get citizenship?

Hi all,

I want to run a quick question by you all please.

I'm a British citizen and am married to Canadian - we've been married for over 10 years. She moved to the UK to live with me. We were wondering whether I can apply for Canadian citizenship, even though I'm not living in Canada. I believe I have to live in Canada for 3 year in order to qualify, but understand that there may be a way around this.

Any help appreciated.

Many thanks,
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Old Jul 25th 2009, 6:02 pm
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You need to live in Canada as a permanent resident for 3 years.
Has your wife got her British citizenship?
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Old Jul 25th 2009, 6:10 pm
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Default Re: Married to Canadian - can I get citizenship?

but understand that there may be a way around this.

Only if you claim and prove she gave birth to you.
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Old Jul 25th 2009, 6:17 pm
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Have you got permenent residency? that would be the first step. Which requires applying for a spous visa.

Then once you are PR you have ot stay in the country for 3 out of 5 years before you can apply for residency.

Have a look at the wiki it will explain all.
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Old Jul 25th 2009, 6:20 pm
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Hi

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Have you got permenent residency? that would be the first step. Which requires applying for a spous visa.

Then once you are PR you have ot stay in the country for 3 out of 5 years before you can apply for residency.

Have a look at the wiki it will explain all.
Sorry not quite right. To retain PR status you must reside in Canada for 2 years in every 5 years (There are exceptions) To obtain citizenship you must reside in Canada for 3 years in the 4 years preceding the date of the application.
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