Changes to rules regarding Canadian citizenship

November 19, 2017 0 COMMENTS

by Arlin Sahinyan

In a time when immigration rules and regulations in many jurisdictions are becoming more stringent, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made changes to the citizenship guidelines making grants of Canadian citizenship more accessible to permanent residents of Canada. On June 19, Bill C-6 received Royal Assent resulting in immediate changes for citizenship applicants.

Before June 19, applicants were required to intend to continue living in Canada if granted citizenship. Bill C-6 repealed this provision, providing more flexibility to Canadians who may need to live outside of Canada for work or personal reasons.

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Keeping Permanent Resident Status in Canada

May 23, 2011 1 COMMENTS

By Gilda Villaran

In our December 20, 2010, article, we discussed the ways to become a permanent resident of Canada. In this article we will briefly explain how to keep this status.

In contrast with Canadian citizenship, which in principle lasts for life, permanent resident status can be lost if the person doesn’t meet the residency requirements established by Canadian law. The requirements aim at ensuring that immigrants make Canada their home. Policymakers have drafted the rules in order to avoid people obtaining permanent resident (PR) status as a matter of convenience without making a commitment to a life in Canada.

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