Canada released the act that set out changes to the citizenship process.
This act will simplify the application process, enhance the programmer’s integrity and make sure dual citizens are not treated differently.
Some of the changes are now in effect while others will come into force at later dates to confirm the necessary regulatory changes and departmental preparations are in place for a smooth transition for applicants.
Here are the changes that take in place:
- Applicants are no longer required to intend to continue to live in Canada once they are granted citizenship
- Repealing the ability to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted of crimes against the national interest
While some of the changes that are expected to take effect later this year. These changes include reducing the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada to three out of five years, instead of four out of six years, before applying for citizenship. It will give an advantage to both younger and older eligible immigrants to obtain citizenship.
There will also be an amendment to the age range for people to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship.
Part of the Act is to allow some of the time of applicants spend in Canada as temporary residents or protected persons to be counted toward their physical presence requirements for citizenship.
Other changes that are expected to take effect next year include strengthening the citizenship revocation process by having the Federal Court as the decision maker on most cases, thereby enhancing the procedural fairness of the process.
Finally, applicants who are eligible to meet the requirements for citizenship can continue building successful lives in Canada.