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IMMIGRATION TO CANADA: CITIZENSHIP

In this current section we will look at some current issues relating to Citizenship.



IMPORTANT: CHANGES TO THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP IN EFFECT AS OF 11 OCTOBER 2017



On June 19, 2017, Bill C-6 passed Parliament. Some immediate changes include:

  • Intent to live in Canada once granted citizenship is no longer required.

  • Citizenship revocation provisions only applying to dual citizens are repealed.

  • Minors can qualify on their own without the need to have a Canadian parent.

The following changes are also in effect as of October 11, 2017:

  • Physical presence in Canada requirements will be reduced to three out of five years.

  • A portion of time spent in Canada before permanent resident status will count towards residency requirements.

  • Age range for language and knowledge requirements will be reduced to 18-54 years old.



The Need for Legal Representation for Citizenship Applications:

In many cases, the application is very straightforward and there is no need for legal advice for the applicant, such as when the applicant has not left Canada for lengthy periods during the period of permanent residence. In cases where the person has been out of Canada, for lengthy periods legal advice is important in order to maximize the chances of acceptance. Should the Citizenship Application be refused, there are three options: appeal, retry once further time in Canada is accumulated, or do nothing and continue to maintain permanent resident status.


For further information please contact Marvin Moses Law Office.


(Since the issues and matters in reality are quite complex, it is recommended that legal or other appropriate professional advice should be sought before acting upon any of the information contained therein. Although every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, no individual or organization involved in either the preparation or distribution of this article accepts any contractual, tortious, or any other form of liability for its contents or for any consequences arising from its use.)