More people are getting Canadian citizenship due to revised rules- IRCC
The Canadian Government reports that there has been a recent rise in the number of Canadian citizenship acquisitions due to revised rules that have eased the process.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reveals that by the end of October, there will be about 152,000 new Canadian citizenship acquisitions, thanks to the new changes to the Citizenship Act effected in October 2017. Among the most important changes was a reduction in the number of days one must be physically present in Canada as a permanent resident before applying for citizenship.
Before the changes, citizenship applicants had to have accumulated four years (1,460 days) of physical presence in Canada out of a six-year period as permanent residents. For eligibility, applicants are now only required to have counted three years (1,095 days) out of a five year period.
IRCC further reports that there has been a 40 percent rise in new Canadian citizenship acquisitions over the 12 month period since the October 2017 changes, compared to a similar period last year.
When summed up, the total number of citizenship applications over the nine-month period following the revision also shot up to 242,680, a 130 percent increase from 102,261 applications over a similar period before the changes.
Another major amendment is the right for an individual who had spent time in Canada on work, study or as a temporary resident before acquiring permanent residency to count up to 365 days as part of their physically present days. However, each day spent in Canada in such a status is actually counted as a half day.
The age requirement for applicants to prove ability for language and knowledge prerequisites for citizenship was also reduced to the 18-54 years bracket from 14-64 years bracket.
While marking the Citizenship Week that runs from October 8 to 14, Ahmed Hussein, Canada’s Immigration Minister praised the new changes to citizenship rules, as having made the process fairer, faster and more accessible.
“The Government made important changes to the Citizenship Act, under Bill C‑6, to provide those wanting to become Canadian citizens with greater flexibility to meet the requirements,” Hussein stated. “One year later, we can see the difference these changes are making.”