Canadian Citizenship: Changes on the Way
Sarah N. Goodman BBA, JD
May 10, 2016 - Canadas Liberal Federal government has announced that it will be making several changes that will make it easier to become a Canadian citizen.
The proposed changes include the following:
Applicants must be permanent residents of and physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days (three years) during the five (5) year period preceding the submission of their application.
Applicants must no longer be present in Canada for at least 183 days in each qualifying year.
Applicants between the ages of eighteen (18) and fifty-four (54) must meet basic knowledge and language requirements.
Adult applicants must no longer declare their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens.
Restores consideration of time spent in Canada as non-permanent residents for most applicants to a maximum of one (1) year of credited time.
Reduces the period to three (3) years for adult applicants to file Canadian income taxes, if required under the Income Tax Act, to be eligible for citizenship.
Repeals the authority to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who served as members of an armed force of a country or an organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada.
Repeals authority to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who are convicted of terrorism, high treason, treason, or spying offences, depending on the sentence received.
Our law firm offers a variety of citizenship and immigration services. Accordingly, please contact our office should you require assistance with your Canada citizenship or immigration application.
Sarah N. Goodman
Barrister & Solicitor
Jeremy Carr & Associates
520 Comerford Street
Victoria, BC V9A 6K8
Phone: 250 - 388-7571
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