Let's face it, a lot of us have said "If [insert candidate] wins this election, I'm moving to Canada!" But, you can't just move to another country all willy-nilly. There's a process, and there are certain things you need to do to make sure that our neighbors to the north will accept you into their country with open arms.



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    Check to See if You're Already a Canadian Citizen

    "I think I would know if I was a Canadian citizen," you say, but you could be a citizen of the home of hockey and not even know it. In fact, you could be a citizen even if you weren't born there. Luckily, there's a quiz you can take to find out.

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    Be an Adult

    You don't have to act like one, or feel like one, but it's going to be a lot easier for you to move to Canada if you are 18 or older. It's kind of a pain if you're a kid, since your parents have to get involved, and maybe they don't want to move to Canada. Not to mention, if a minor wants to become a Canadian citizen, they either already have to be a resident, OR their parent has be a citizen or also applying for citizenship. More on that here.

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    Dmitry Kalinovsky/ThinkStock

    Have a Skill (Not Mandatory, But Helpful)

    If you have a skill, it'll be easier for you to get into Canada faster. Business Insider explains that Canada fast-tracks skilled workers through something called Express Entry.

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    chris sadowski/ThinkStock

    Have a Permanent Home in Canada

    If you have a residence in Canada, you can be a "permanent resident". That means that you can work, get healthcare coverage, study, and travel anywhere in Canada. You will not, however, be able to vote or run for office.

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    Speak English or French (or Both)

    In case you didn't know, Canada has two official languages - English and French. If you want to become a citizen, you only need to know one of them, and you don't necessarily have to be fluent. A citizenship officer will make the final call as to whether your English or French is good enough.

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