IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Measures aimed at making it easier for some applicants to obtain Canadian citizenship will take effect this month.
What does the change mean? The changes will ease requirements on how long a person must be physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship and will end language and knowledge requirements for applicants younger than 18 or older than 54.
Key changes: The changes to Canada’s citizenship rules will touch on the following areas.
Background: The changes described above will be implemented under Bill C-6, which amended the Citizenship Act and received Royal Assent on June 19. Some changes took effect in June, including repealing the government’s ability to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted of committing crimes against the national interest, scrapping a provision that required applicants to continue residing in Canada upon receiving citizenship, and making it easier for minors without Canadian parents to apply for citizenship. Additional changes are set to take effect in 2017 and 2018, including making federal courts the final arbiter in all cases involving the revocation of citizenship and establishing clear authority for citizenship officers to seize documents they suspect to be fraudulent.
BAL Analysis: The latest set of amendments to Canada’s citizenship law will ease residency requirements for those applying for citizenship. They will also waive knowledge and language requirements for a greater number of younger and older applicants. Those who intend to take advantage of the new provisions can do so beginning Oct. 11.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
Copyright © 2017 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
H-1B and H-2 modernization, fee hikes and changes to the green card process top the Biden administration’s regulatory priorities...
The Vietnamese government recently introduced a new labor market testing requirement for companies requesting approval for foreign labor.
Chinese officials announced the expansion of its unilateral visa-free policy to six countries: France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands...
Chinese officials announced new visa policies for foreign residents of Macao. Key Points: Foreign residents of Macao are now