June 6, 2015 – The Government of Canada announced
yesterday that the remaining provisions of the Strengthening
Canadian Citizenship Act will come into force on June 11,
2015. Those provisions will, among other things, increase the
residency requirement and impose a more strict "physical
presence" requirement on applicants for Canadian
Major changes include:
An increase in the number of days adult applicants must be
present in Canada to four years out of six, from the previous three
years out of four
A requirement that adult applicants be physically present in
Canada for at least 183 days for each of the four years within the
qualifying residency period
Proof of tax filings for the qualifying period
A knowledge test for all applicants between the ages of 14 and
A declaration of intent to reside in Canada
What this means for foreign nationals
It is expected that these new requirements will make it more
difficult for Permanent Residents to qualify for Canadian
citizenship. In particular, the strict physical residency
requirement will impact business travelers and other foreign
nationals whose work necessitates their absence from Canada for
periods of time.
Under the current requirements, foreign nationals who are often
away from Canada may still qualify for citizenship if they can
demonstrate that they are established in Canada during the
Permanent Residents who are considering applying for citizenship
should immediately contact their immigration professional to
discuss making an application under the current rules, prior to the
coming into force of the new, more strict requirements.
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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.
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