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New set of changes to the Citizenship Act

To provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act. These new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act are now in effect. As of October 11, 2017, permanent residents applying for Canadian citizenship must be physically present in Canada for three out of the last five years (1095 days), with no minimum number of days per year, before applying.

They will be able to count each day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person as a half day towards meeting their physical presence requirements, up to a maximum of 365 days, within five years of applying.

They will need to meet language and knowledge requirements if they are 18 to 54 years of age.

They must file Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for three out of five years before applying.

These changes will give newcomers to Canada more flexibility to meet the requirements for Canadian citizenship.

The online applications for citizenship have been updated and are available for permanent residents to apply under these new amendments. Visit How to apply for Canadian citizenship to access the latest information.

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.

“One of the strongest pillars for successful integration into Canadian life is achieving Canadian citizenship and becoming part of the Canadian family,” said Hussen. “The government encourages all immigrants to take the path towards citizenship and take advantage of everything that being a Canadian has to offer.”

More changes to the Citizenship Act expected to take effect later this year and in early 2018 include strengthening the citizenship revocation process so that the Federal Court is the decision-maker on most cases, and giving clear authority under the Citizenship Act for citizenship officers to seize fraudulent or suspected fraudulent documents.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017

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