Im­ple­ments new leg­isla­tive changes to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act

The Miracle - - Immigration -

Ottawa, ON – As part of the Govern­ment of Canada’s com­mit­ment to pro­vide greater flex­i­bil­ity in meet­ing re­quire­ments for those who wish to ob­tain Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship, the Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship, an­nounced to­day a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in im­ple­ment­ing changes to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act through the adop­tion of Bill C-6. Fur­ther to changes in­tro­duced upon Royal As­sent which re­pealed cer­tain pro­vi­sions of the for­mer govern­ment’s Bill C-24, im­por­tant changes to phys­i­cal pres­ence and the age re­quired to meet lan­guage and knowl­edge re­quire­ments for per­ma­nent res­i­dents who are ap­ply­ing for cit­i­zen­ship will come into ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 11, 2017. The new re­quire­ments will give more flex­i­bil­ity to both younger and older el­i­gi­ble im­mi­grants to ob­tain cit­i­zen­ship. They will also help in­di­vid­u­als who have al­ready be­gun build­ing lives in Canada achieve cit­i­zen­ship faster. Cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­cants who meet the new re­quire­ments must wait un­til Oc­to­ber 11, 2017, be­fore ap­ply­ing for cit­i­zen­ship. This is the date when the changes come into ef­fect, and when the new cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­ca­tion forms and guides will be avail­able. More changes to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act are ex­pected to take ef­fect later this year and in early 2018. For a com­plete list of past, cur­rent and fu­ture changes to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act and their ef­fec­tive dates, please read the Bill C-6 Back­grounder.


“One of the strong­est pil­lars for suc­cess­ful in­te­gra­tion into Cana­dian life is achiev­ing Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship and be­com­ing part of the Cana­dian fam­ily. The Govern­ment en­cour­ages all im­mi­grants to take the path to­wards cit­i­zen­ship and take ad­van­tage of ev­ery­thing that be­ing a Cana­dian has to of­fer.” The Hon­ourable Ahmed Hussen, Min­is­ter of Im­mi­gra­tion, Refugees and Cit­i­zen­ship

Quick facts

•Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Cit­i­zen­ship Act and make con­se­quen­tial amend­ments to an­other Act, re­ceived Royal As­sent on June 19, 2017. •The lat­est set of amend­ments to the Act tak­ing ef­fect Oc­to­ber 11, 2017, will also in­clude align­ing the num­ber of years ap­pli­cants need to file Cana­dian in­come taxes (if re­quired to do so un­der the In­come Tax Act) to three out of five years, to match the changes to the phys­i­cal pres­ence re­quire­ments. •Some changes to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act took ef­fect im­me­di­ately upon Royal As­sent on June 19, 2017. They in­clude: re­peal­ing of the abil­ity to re­voke cit­i­zen­ship from dual ci­ti­zens con­victed of crimes against the na­tional in­ter­est; no longer re­quir­ing ap­pli­cants to in­tend to con­tinue to re­side in Canada once granted cit­i­zen­ship; and mak­ing it eas­ier for mi­nors to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship with­out a Cana­dian or per­ma­nent res­i­dent par­ent. •More changes ex­pected to take place later in 2017 and 2018 in­clude strength­en­ing the cit­i­zen­ship re­vo­ca­tion process so that the Fed­eral Court is the de­ci­sion-maker on most cases, and giv­ing clear author­ity un­der the Cit­i­zen­ship Act for cit­i­zen­ship of­fi­cers to seize fraud­u­lent or sus­pected fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments.

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