Citizenship Act

Recently, there have been changes to the Citizenship Act. They are going to make consequential amendments to the application procedure. Here is the rundown of the main changes:

  1. Dual citizens that live in Canada and are convicted of treason, terrorism and spying offenses, depending on the sentence, will face the Canadian justice system, like other Canadian citizens who break the law. Also, this applies to people who were a part of, or an organized group engaged in conflict with Canada.
  2. It is no longer obligatory for applicants to intend to continue living in Canada after receiving citizenship. This will help new Canadians who for some reason may need to live outside of Canada for personal or work reasons.
  3. Minors can apply for citizenship without a Canadian parent, as there is now no age requirement for citizenship. Besides, a person empowered to act on their behalf by court order or having custody of the minor can now apply for citizenship on their behalf.
  4. Applicants must be physically present in Canada for three out of the last five years (1095 days), with no minimum number of days per year before applying to meet Canadian citizenship requirements.
  5. Applicants now can count each day they were physically present in Canada as a protected person or temporary resident, before becoming a permanent resident, up to a maximum credit of 365 days, within five years before the date of application.
  6. Individuals that serve a conditional sentence will not take the Oath of Citizenship, get citizenship, or be able to count this time as a physical presence to meet Canadian immigration requirements.
  7. Statelessness is now a ground that can be a discretionary grant of citizenship.
  8. Applicants must file Canadian income taxes for three out of five years.
  9. All applicants between 18 and 54 years must meet the knowledge and language requirements.
  10. Also, the Federal Court is the decision-maker in all revocation cases, unless the individual requests the Minister’s decision.

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