Roughly 3,100 people in Canada will lose their citizenship in the coming weeks after it was discovered that they had obtained their status under fraudulent circumstances. In Canada, someone applying for citizenship must live there for three out of four consecutive years — and once citizenship is granted, they must live in the country for two out of five consecutive years.
Canadian officials discovered that it was possible for a family could pay up to $25,000 over the course of four years to make it appear as though they had lived in the country for the past four years when, really, they were living abroad. In some of the 3,100 cases, the individuals paid representatives to assert that they indeed lived in Canada.
Obtaining citizenship to any country is a very serious matter, and many people go about it in the wrong way. It can be a very complicated process with many hurdles — but you have a far greater chance of obtaining U.S. citizenship when you have an immigration attorney by your side, advising you on the ins and outs of naturalization and citizenship law.
There are a few particular things that are looked at when someone applies for U.S. citizenship. The applicant must fulfill the requirements set forth by the Immigration and Nationality Act, such as continuous residence in the U.S.; good character; and the ability to read, write and speak the English language, among other requirements. Depending on the situation, some of these things may have to be proven or they may be waived.
- To learn more about the naturalization process or how you can apply for citizenship, please visit our Los Angeles naturalization and citizenship page.