February 25, 2016 – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Minister John McCallum introduced four significant changes to the
Citizenship Act. The four key changes essentially make good
on the Liberal's campaign promise to repeal the Conservative
changes made to the Citizenship Act in June of last year.
The key points of the Bill: an Act to Amend the Citizenship Act
Repealing the provisions that allow citizenship to be revoked
from dual citizens who engage in certain acts against the national
Reducing the time permanent residents must be physically
present in Canada before qualifying for citizenship.
Permanent residents will need to be in Canada three of five years
instead of four of six years.
The time spent in Canada, as a temporary resident, prior to
becoming a permanent resident, will be included in the
three year physical presence calculation used to qualify for
citizenship. Each day that a person is authorized to be in
Canada as a temporary resident, before becoming a permanent
resident, can be counted as a half-day toward meeting the physical
presence requirement for citizenship. The temporary resident
can go back over the course of two years to accumulate up to
year's physical presence in their calculation for
The age range to meet the language requirement and pass a
knowledge test to qualify for citizenship will be changed to 18 to
54 years instead of 14 to 64 years of age.
At this point, we do not have a firm time frame for when these
changes will be implemented. If you would like more
information about how amendments to the Citizenship Act might
affect you, please
contact Green and Spiegel.
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