CIC Citizenship Reformed!
Reinforcing the value of Canadian citizenship while continuing to move toward a faster and more efficient system
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander unveiled the first comprehensive reforms to the Citizenship Act since 1977. Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, will protect the value of Canadian citizenship for those who have it while creating a faster and more efficient process for those applying to get it.
- Permanent residents would have to maintain a "physical presence" in Canada for four years within six years before applying for citizenship. That would include spending a minimum of 183 days in the country per year in four out of six years.
- Permanent residents aged 14 to 64 would have to meet official language requirements and pass a test before getting citizenship.
- Canada is successful in turning immigrants into citizens: more than 85 percent of eligible permanent residents in Canada go on to become citizens.
- As a result of these amendments, applicants will need to be physically present in Canada for a total of four out of their last six years. In addition, they would need to be physically present in Canada for 183 days per year for at least four of those six years.
- The current citizenship fee does not reflect the actual processing cost. Changes will ensure applicants are responsible for more of the actual processing cost.
The plan is not effective yet, what are your thoughts about the plan? should they be implemented?