Changes to Bill C-6 Pending

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The legislature proposes major changes to the Citizenship Act that will permit foreigners to apply for Canadian citizenship a lot earlier and more effectively than is currently the case. Changing the current Citizenship Act is viewed as an imperative part of the government’s legislative agenda.

In June, 2014, the past Conservative government of Canada brought into law the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act otherwise called charge C-24. Among different measures, this questionable enactment made eligibility prerequisites for immigrants looking for citizenship more cumbersome than had previously been the situation. It additionally permitted the government to revoke citizenship from dual Canadian citizenship convicted of terrorism, injustice or espionage.

Among the proposed alterations in Bill C-6 is a lessening in the measure of time permanent residents need to live in Canada in order to end up qualified to apply for citizenship, from four out of six years to three out five years. Moreover, candidates who invested energy in Canada on temporary status, for example, on a work or study grant would be able to count a bit of this time towards the three-year prerequisite. The proposed corrections would likewise nullify the expectation to reside provision and remove language proficiency prerequisites for certain candidates. Furthermore, the new enactment would annul the continuous provision that allows for the revocation of citizenship.

These are the proposed changes to the Citizenship Act

Repeal of revocation provision- Current act: Authority to repudiate citizenship for specific acts against the national interest of Canada. These grounds include convictions of terrorism, high treason, conspiracy or spying offenses, depending on the sentence received , or for membership in an armed force or organized armed group engaged in armed conflict with Canada.

Proposed change: Repeal national interest reason for denial.

Repeal of intention to reside provision- Current act: Applicants must have the intent to dwell in Canada if allowed citizenship.

Proposed change: Repeal purpose to dwell procurement.

Physical presence in Canada- Current act: Physical presence for 4 out of 6 years before the date of use.

Proposed change: Physical presence for 3 out of 5 years before the date of utilization.

Counting temporary status- Current act: Time spent in Canada as a non-permanent resident may not be counted.

Proposed change: Applicants may number every day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before turning into a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence prerequisite for citizenship, up to a maximum of one year of credited time.

Less burdensome annual physical presence requirement- Current act: Minimum of 183 physical presences in 4 of the last 6 years.

Proposed change: Repeal the base 183 day physical residence in 4 of the most recent 6 years.

There are 4 more proposed changes, with which Attorney David Cohen said “I know that many people across Canada, as well as their families and friends, have been waiting patiently for the changes to Canada citizenship legislation to become law. Thankfully, we are now edging close to that day, and not a day too soon.”

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