A permanent resident can apply for citizenship once certain requirements are satisfed. To apply for citizenship, applicants must have resided in Canada for at least 3 years in the past 4 years prior to the date of application. The applicant must have no criminal charge and also have knowledge of Canada's rights, history, values and institutions. Children who have a permanent residency status can also be included in the application to become a citizen.

The procedure is straightforward. Applicants must submit application forms, pay the required fees and take a citizenship test. Following this, the applicant is invited to a citizenship ceremony where he or she must take the Oath of Citizenship.

There are many advantages to becoming a Canadian citizen. Canadian citizens can travel to far more countries than U.S. citizens and in addition, there are no requirements to stay in Canada for a specifc amount of time.

For more information, please visit the government website:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/citizenship/become.asp