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Its now easy to become a Citizen of Canada- Government implemented new Regulations

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 14, Oct 2017

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Now it has become easier to acquire citizenship in Canada. The people living in Canada on permanent visa can apply and obtain Canadian citizenship easier and faster than earlier w.e.f. 11th October 2017. The government has now implemented the key regulations of Bill C-6, which were announced and passed as law, few months back.

Lets take a look at the new regulations implemented now.

New Regulations for the Canadian Citizenship

  • Earlier applicants had to physically stay in Canada for four out of six years before they apply for the citizenship.
However, as per the new regulations, applicant require physically available in Canada for 3 out of 5 years, before they actually apply for Canadian Citizenship
  • Earlier applicants required filing income tax return, as and when asked about the same as per the IT Act for 4 out of 6 years (similar to the physical presence clause)
Now applicants need to file income tax return, as and when asked about the same, as per the IT Act for 3 out of 5 years (similar to the new regulation of physical presence)
  • Earlier candidates needed to be physically available in Canada for 183 days in 4 out of 6 years prior to submitting application
However, this particular rule has now been removed as per new regulation.
  • Earlier time spent in Canada prior to PR Status not used to be counted towards the physical presence requirement.

However, now the applicants will be able to count every day they were present in Canada as a temporary resident prior to getting permanent residency status, as a half-day for the requirement of physical presence for Canadian citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

  • Earlier, candidates between 14-64 years require meeting the language and knowledge requisites to be eligible for the Canadian citizenship

However, now the candidates between 18-54 years only require meeting the language and knowledge requisites to be eligible for the Canadian citizenship

Citizenship Status in Canada

Canadian citizens get some added benefits along with all the benefits a permanent resident gets in Canada. The citizens of Canada can vote and run the political office, move in and out of Canada, without any restrictions applicable to people with PR status. The citizens of Canada can also apply for Canadian Passport.

Also read- Express Entry Stream of Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) is opening to accept 300 applications

A just perfect time to apply Canada immigration and PR

If you wish to settle in Canada, it is the perfect time to apply Canadian PR visa in the maple leaf country. At now, Canadian government has not only eased the qualifying marks in federal express entry system, but also relaxed the immigration rules and process requirements in various other Permanent Residence programs of Canada.

If you seek professional advice and complete assistance from certified Canada migration experts, you may contact Visas Avenue Immigration- an accredited and highly efficient Canadian Visa Consultancy firm in India. Call Visas Avenue experts on Toll Free Number- 78-18-000-777 or email your queries to


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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