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The 2nd Set of Canadian Citizenship Act Reforms Will be Applicable w.e.f.

Posted - 17, Jun 2015

The much awaited Canada’s Citizenship Law reforms will be applicable w.e.f. June 11, 2015 now. The changes have been made in order to include the new citizens in the grow and development of the Canadian Economy and the same have been passed under the part of the package of measures by the Parliament in the year 2014.

The new citizenship reforms are targeted towards discouraging the citizens who in fact do not have any emotions attached to Canada or its economy and become the Canadian Citizenship to avail taxpayer-funded benefits that are provided with the Citizenship Status. The first part of the provisions already implemented last summer, are paying off well in terms of speeding up application processing time. After the implementation of the first set of provisions last year, the new citizenship applications are being completed and finalized within a year’s time and the backlog is also expected to clear by the end of this fiscal year.

The Key Changes Included w.e.f. June 11, 2015:

  • The applicants aging between 14 to 64 must fulfill the basic language proficiency requirements. (This is to ensure that new citizenship applicants come better prepared).
  • The Applicants (Adults) need to announce their intention to reside in Canada after they become citizens. They must also fulfill their personal income tax obligations in order to become eligible for the Canadian Citizenship The applicants (Adults) must be present in Canada for at least 1460 days (four Years) during the six years, before the date of their application, and also need to be present in Canada for at least 183 days in each of four calendar years within the qualifying period. This is to ensure that the citizenship applicants develop a strong attachment with Canada.
  • As per the new reforms, the Citizenship will be automatically extended to additional “Lost Canadians” on June 11th, who were born before 1947, and did not become citizens on January 1st, 1947 at the time when first Canadian the Citizenship Act was introduced and came into force. This is also applicable to their children born in the first generation outside Canada.
  • The new regulatory body for citizenship consultants now will be the newly-designated Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Only members of the ICCRC, lawyers (including paralegals and students at law) can be paid to provide citizenship applicants with advice or the representation.
  • Now there will be strict penalties for fraud and falsification (to a maximum fine of $100,000 and/or up to five years in prison), this will ensure the program honesty and integrity. Also, this is implemented to discourage corrupt applicants who are prepared to misrepresent themselves, or encourage others to do so.
  • New application forms, associated with the new rules for eligibility, will be available on the CIC website as of June 11, 2015. The applications received with the old forms, received after June 10, 2015 will be returned to the applicant.
More like the first set of reforms last summer, the 2nd set of provisions for Citizenship Act Reforms is also likely to further improve the whole Citizenship Application Process and integrity of the whole program.

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