Citizenship - Reading Assessment
Submit by 11:15am on Dec.1/21 - late submissions will lose 5 points.
Questions 1-9: 1 point each. Questions 10 & 11: 3 points each
People move throughout the world for work, study or to seek a better life due unfortunate circumstances. In many instances people will look to attain citizenship in their new country.
Germany is a country which has attracted many immigrants due to its successful modern economy, high standard of living and location in the centre of Europe. There are a few ways to become a German citizen, and all have very strict requirements. One can be granted German citizenship thru: naturalization, descent, and birth.
Let’s look at the first one, naturalization. The applicant must have resided in Germany for 8 years. This residency requirement is significantly more than Canada's. Then, he/she needs to prove a B1 level language ability, which is equivalent to CLB 5 in Canada. In addition he/she must be financially independent, and capable of supporting themselves and their family without using state welfare benefits. Another requirement is being a law-abiding citizen that had no criminal records. Plus, the applicant needs to pass the naturalization test. Furthermore, they must give up any previous citizenship, whereas in Canada one can have dual citizenship with some countries.
The process of getting your citizenship is similar to Canada’s: get an application form, pass a test, pay a fee, and finally submit your application. You can get the form at the local government or immigration office. You must submit your application and all required documents at the same office. Canada's citizenship test has 20 questions, and 15 of those need to be correct.The German naturalization citizenship test has a total of 33 questions about living in Germany, German society, laws and rules, and also 3 questions about your local region where you live in Germany. A passing is grade is 50%. The fee for taking the test is 25 Euros. Next one pays a 255 Euro application fee. This is slightly less than Canada's $630 fee. The application is reviewed along with all the required documents. If you are granted citizenship, a 25 Euro fee is required to pay for your citizenship certificate that guarantees you all legal rights as any other German.
( student reading time: 4-5+ minutes / 353 words)