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 Bill C-6 repealed this provision, providing more flexibility to Canadians who may need to live outside of Canada for work or personal reasons.

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Changes to the residency requirement for grants of citizenship now in force

August 02, 2015 0 COMMENTS

by Thora A. Sigurdson

On June 11, the sections of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act dealing with the residence requirements for citizenship came into effect. These sections apply to individuals who have obtained permanent resident status in Canada and want to apply for Canadian citizenship. In general terms, it will take longer and require a clearer commitment to residing in Canada to become a citizen of Canada. read more…

Canadian citizenship applications under closer scrutiny

October 07, 2012 0 COMMENTS

by Gilda Villaran

Fraud in Canadian citizenship applications has been a concern. Following an investigation by police and the Canadian border agency, the Immigration Minister announced on September 10 that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is proceeding to revoke the citizenship of 3,100 people who obtained it by fraud.

The discovery of this amount of fraud has resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of scrutiny of current applications. This also will no doubt affect future applications. There will be an impact not only on fraudulent applicants but also on honest ones. read more…