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Immigration


16 October 2017

CANADA:  Additional Changes to the Citizenship Act to Take Effect 

Effective 11 October, 2017 the following additional changes to the Citizenship Act took effect:

  • Residency requirements for citizenship eligibility will be reduced to three out of five years.  Physical presence was previously required for four out of six years
  • Temporary residence will be given credit for time spent (up to 365 days) prior to becoming a permanent resident.  
  • Only applicants between the ages of 18 and 54 will be required to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship. Prior to this change applicants between the ages of 14 and 64 had to meet the language and knowledge requirements.
  • Future changes expected to be take effect in late 2017 and into 2018:
  • Individuals who lost their citizenship on the grounds that it was obtained fraudulently will have the right to appeal the decision in Federal Court
  • Authority will be given to Citizenship Officers under the Citizenship Act to seize fraudulent or suspected fraudulent documents.

How does this affect the client?

Both foreign nationals and permanent residence should be aware of the effects and the changes to the Citizenship Act and how this could effect their ability to apply for citizenship. Team Relocations will continue to monitor any further changes to the Citizenship Act and report all updates as they become available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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