Henley has released the list of the world’s top passports and as per the list, Canadian passport remains one of the strongest in the world. Canada has eighth position among the world’s strongest passports. Interestingly, the passport of Australia, which is another popular destination for immigrants, also has eighth position.Henley Passport Index assesses passports on the basis of data from International Air Transport Association(IATA).The Index ranks passports on the basis of visa requirements. If a passport allows its holder to access another country visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival or with a visitor’s permit or ETA on arrival, it is considered stronger than others. As per the Index, Japan has the strongest passport as it allows its holders to travel to 193 countries visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival. In the case of Canada passport, the holders can travel to 185 countries visa-free.
How to obtain Canada citizenship?
One advantage of obtaining Canada citizenship is that you can hold one of the strongest passports in the world and travel to many countries visa-free. Once you become a permanent resident in Canada, you can obtain Canada citizenship if you meet certain requirements. These include:
- Be a permanent resident of Canada
- Have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
- Have filed your taxes
- Have passed the citizenship test
- Have proven your language skills
Advantages of becoming a Canadian citizen
Although a Canadian permanent resident enjoys almost all the rights and privileges of a Canadian citizen, the Canadian citizens enjoy a few more advantages. These include:
The right to vote and run for office: A Canadian citizen, unlike the permanent resident, may vote in elections and even run for a political office.
Better job opportunities: Certain jobs in Canada, especially those which require security clearance, are set aside only for Canadian citizens. So, becoming a Canadian citizen means getting more job opportunities.
Need not renew visa: If you are a permanent resident, you need to renew your visa in every five years. But the validity of a Citizenship Certificate is indefinite.
Citizenship for your children: Children born to Canadian citizens automatically become Canadian citizens. So they need not go through the application process for citizenship.
Almost 86% of Canadian permanent residents become citizens, which is one of the highest rates among western countries. Studies have shown that becoming a citizen improves the economic opportunities of immigrants.