PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT February 2016
Feb 28, 2016 | Gerd Damitz | CIC CHANGES | No Comments
On February 25th, 2016 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum introduced legislation to amend the current Citizenship Act. The major proposed changes are as follows:
- Applicants must be permanent residents of and physically reside in Canada for at least 3 years (1,095 days) during the 5 years immediately before the date of application, and repeals the requirement that applicants must be physically present in Canada for at least 183 days in each one of the qualifying years.
- The age for knowledge and language test will be changed back to 18 and 54.
- Repeals the requirement that adult applicants must declare intention to reside in Canada once they become citizen
- Time spent in Canada as a non-permanent resident (Students & WP) will be counted again towards Citizenship requirements for a maximum of one year of credited time
- Reduces the period for adult applicants to file Canadian income taxes to 3 years, if required under the Income Tax Act, to be eligible for citizenship.
- Repeals authority to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who served as members of an armed force of a country or an organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada.
- Repeals authority to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who are convicted of terrorism, high treason, treason, or spying offences, depending on the sentence received.
These changes will be in force soon after the parliamentary process for the new bill be completed.
Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you meet the new reduced time requirements for citizenship and plan to file a citizenship application. We will be happy to assist you as your representative.