February 6, 2014 – Today, Canada's Federal Government
tabled Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act in the
House of Commons. The Act will increase the residency, knowledge
and language requirements for permanent residents to apply for
Canadian citizenship. It also aims to streamline the application
process in order to reduce a backlog of applications.
What you need to know:
Applicants for Canadian citizenship must have lived in Canada,
and filed taxes, for four of six years prior to their application.
Applicants must be physically present in Canada at least half a
year for each of those four years. The modified residency
requirements will not be imposed on individuals who applied for
citizenship prior to the passage of the bill.
Applicants must now declare that they have an 'intent to
reside' in Canada.
Applicants from age 14-64 will be required to demonstrate
proficiency in either official language and pass a citizenship test
in that language. Currently, this requirement only applies to
applicants between the ages of 18-54.
Application fees for adults will increase from $100 to $300. The
application fee for minors will remain unchanged.
Citizenship officers, rather than citizenship judges, will make
the decision on citizenship applications.
Citizenship officers will be empowered to determine whether or
not an application is complete, including making the determination
on whether or not applicants have complied with Canadian tax
Once passed, the new streamlined application screening process
will affect those who have already applied for citizenship.
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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