Some of the amendments described in Bill C-24 came into force last year. On June 5, 2015,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC") announced that the remaining amendments would
become effective on June 11, 2015.
A summary of the most significant changes, which came into force
on June 11, 2015, appears below:
Adult applicants must now be
physically present in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four years)
during the six years preceding the date of their application, and
they must be also be physically present in Canada for at least 183
days in each of the four calendar years during the qualifying
Adult applicants must now meet any
applicable requirement under the Income Tax Act [R.S.C., 1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.)]
to file an income tax return for each of the four taxation years
during which they claim to have been resident in Canada.
Applicants between the ages of 14-64
(changed from 18-54) must demonstrate, in one of Canada's
official languages, knowledge of Canada and of the responsibilities
and privileges of citizenship.
Citizenship was automatically
extended to additional "lost Canadians" who were born
before 1947 and who did not become citizens on January 1, 1947,
when the first Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect.
Adult applicants must now declare
their intent to reside in Canada once they become citizens and meet
their personal income tax obligations in order to be eligible for
There are stronger penalties for
fraud and misrepresentation (to a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or
up to five years in prison).
The Immigration Consultants of Canada
Regulatory Council ("ICCRC") is now designated as the new
regulatory body for citizenship consultants. As a result, only
lawyers, notaries (including paralegals and students at law), and
now ICCRC member may be paid to provide representation or advice in
Canadian citizenship matters.
New citizenship application forms also became available on the
CIC website on June 11, 2015. Any citizenship application received
using the prior forms after June 10, 2015, will be returned to the
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