Government of Canada Implemented new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act
Further to changes introduced upon Royal Assent which repealed certain provisions of the former government’s Bill C-24, important changes to physical presence and the age required to meet language and knowledge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 came into effect 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. Starting October 11, 2017, permanent residents accumulated three years of residency out of five may be applying for Citizenship.
Moreover, permanent residents who spent time in Canada as foreign workers, international students, or protected person before transitioning to permanent residence may count a part of this time towards the residence days requirement, where each day spent in Canada on temporary status counts as a half day, with a maximum of 365 days.
Additionally, the government no longer requires applicants to be physically present in Canada for 183 days or more in four out of the six years preceding their application.
“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 Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
Canadian citizenship gives the right to vote and stands for political office, as well as a right to apply for a Canadian passport, one of the most valuable passports in the world.