In order to apply for either US or Canadian citizenship, the applicant must complete an application form. The Canadian form, which can be found here, is a relatively straight forward four pages. It asks for the generic personal information found on most forms. It also asks for a comprehensive list of all places lived and worked at during the four years preceding the application.
Section 7 of the Form contains questions regarding statements which, if answered “Yes” could result in a prohibition under the Citizenship Act. Amongst other things, these include whether in the past four years the applicant has been incarcerated, on probation, or on parole, whether the applicant in the last three years has been convicted of an indictable offense, whether the applicant has been subject to a removal order, and whether the applicant is or has ever been investigated for or convicted for being a war criminal.
The US form, which can be found here, and is a whopping 10 pages, contains many more Section 7 type questions. To a Canadian immigration consultant or lawyer unfamiliar with US immigration procedures, some of these questions can appear rather curious, and include, amongst others:
- Have you ever voted in any Federal, State, or local election in the United States?
- Since becoming a lawful permanent resident, have you ever failed to file a required Federal, State, or local tax return?
- Do you have any title of nobility in any foreign country?
- Have you ever been declared legally incompetent or confined to a mental institution?
- Have you ever been a member of or in any way associated with the Community Party, any other totalitarian party, or a terrorist organization?
- Have you ever advocated the overthrow of any government by force or violence?
- Between March 23, 1933, and May 8, 1945, did you work for or associate in any way with the Nazi government of Germany?
- Have you ever failed to file a Federal, State, or local tax return because you considered yourself to be a “nonresident”?
- Have you ever been a habitual drunkard?
- Have you ever been a prostitute, or procured anyone for prostitution?
- Have you ever been married to more than one person at a time?
- Have you ever helped anyone entered or try to enter the United States illegally?
- Have you ever gambled illegally or received income from illegal gambling?
- If the law requires it, are you willing to bear arms on behalf of the United States?
- If the law requires it, are you willing to perform noncombatant services in the U.S. Armed Forces?
So what do you think? Should any of these questions be introduced to the Canadian application form?