Remaining Citizenship Act reforms due for implementation Coming Soon

The Canadian government would be enforcing the last lot of the planned modifications in the Canadian citizenship act from June 11, 2015. The latest introductions are a part of series of large scale reforms implemented last year to reinforce Canadian citizenship laws. The changes were being expected since 2014 when the authorities of the Maple leaf country embarked onto the journey of revamping the nationality act.

The planned modifications are being incorporated with an intention of ensuring a swift and appropriate involvement of new Canadian nationals into the social life and economy of Canada; and extracting appropriate contributions from them.

The modifications already implemented have fetched prolific results in form of speed and accuracy; as the authorities have been able to efficiently evaluate and deliver decisions on the fresh requests for nationality within a matter of a year or even less.

This has encouraged to the Canadian authorities to set higher objectives for themselves, like reducing the pileup of pending nationality requests within the current fiscal year; and deal with the requests received before April 01, 2015 before March 31, 2015.

The new change however implies that the forms to be submitted would now as per the new laws and statutes, i.e. the requests received for nationality of the country would have to be as per the new updated version – adapted to the incorporated changes – and any request made on older versions would be henceforth rejected.

The salient features of the to be implemented modifications clearly indicate at the resolve of the Canadian authorities to curtail instances of unethical practices aimed at misuse of the citizenship laws – where some unscrupulous people make falsified submissions, and encourage others to follow the suite, in order to obtain nationality of the country.

The government has instituted tough provisions of penalties for people found involved in such activities, i.e. the perpetrators could be slapped with a penal fine of up to $100,000 and / or imprisonment of up to 5 years.

It is expected that tough statutes like these would surely discourage the people who obtain the nationality of the country to simply use the benefits, funded with help of Canadian tax payer’s money, accruing with the nationality of the country – without actually integrating with the social and economic perspectives of the country.

With the new incorporation’s, the Canadian authorities aim to integrate the new nationals into the social and economic realm more effectively – where the people obtaining nationality would be able to make substantial contributions to the social life of country; and productivity of domestic economy.

To see this through government of Canada has introduced some significant alterations in the citizenship policy. After the implementation of the new policy, from June 11, 2015 onwards, the applicants over 18 years in age would now need to fulfill certain preconditions, like:

  • They would have to reside in the country for a minimum of 1,460 days, four years, in the period of last six years immediately preceding the date of application for the nationality. In these four years, the applicants would have to residence of at least 183 days in each calendar year; and
  • They would also need to make a submission of their intent of residing in Canada after being granted the Canadian nationality; and also meet all the personal income tax liability requirements needed to qualify for the nationality of Canada.

Besides this, applicants belonging to the age group 14 years to 64 years would also need to evidence elementary knowledge of country and linguistic skills in official languages.

The new statutes would also grant nationality by default to the additional “Lost Canadians” on June, i.e. people born before 1947 but who were not granted Canadian nationality on January 01, 1947 at the time of implementation of the first Canadian Citizenship Act. The new law would also include first generation descendants born out of the country.

From now on, the freshly constituted body Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) would monitor the functions of consultant agencies extending services for citizenship; and only registered ICCRC consultants, lawyers or notaries (including paralegals and students at law) would have authorization to extend paid consultancy to the aspirants; or represent them before authorities.

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