Canadian Government To Make Major Changes In Its Law For Citizenship

14 May 2016


Canada Citizenship

The Canadian government is all set to make major changes in its citizenship law. The bill is known as C-6, is being considered as the main focusing point for the legislative agenda of the new Canadian government.

it is expected that the bill would be passed into the law by 1st July which is also the Canada Day. Within the proposed changes is the revoke of controversial rule that let the Canadian government to cancel the citizenship from dual citizens who are convict of various crimes.

The law would minimize the time, PR had to reside in Canada for becoming qualified to apply for Canadian citizenship and will let the applicants who spend the time in the country on temporary status for counting this time towards three year obligation. This aspect of the legislation has been welcomed by latest immigrants, foreign students and foreign employees who look their long term future in Canada.

The planned changes would cancel the intent of living rule and eliminate language proficiency need for applicants.

The proposed changes include physical presence for three out of five years prior the application date, they can count every day they were there in Canada as provisional resident. Cancellation of least 183 days presence in four of previous six years and applicants whose age is between 18 and 54 should meet the language criteria and should pass the knowledge test.

Time spend by the applicant under provisional sentence order could not be counted for meeting the presence requirement, rule barring  applicants from taking citizenship pledge if they do not meet the requirements. Authority of seizing the documents if they are fraud or being utilized fraudulently.


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