Canada: Changes to the Citizenship Act as a result of Bill C-6

Posted by Immigration Law Team|Canada Immigration
Sep 17
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In brief

On June 19, 2017, Bill C-6 received Royal Assent, resulting in a number of changes to the Citizenship Act. Several changes came into effect on June 19, 2017, and others were expected to come into effect in fall 2017 and early 2018. Today, the Canada Gazette published additional information regarding some of the proposed changes to the Citizenship Act.  

Discussion

Some of the changes which were anticipated for Fall 2017 were published by the Canada Gazette today, and are coming into force. These changes will be implemented once all updates to the program delivery instructions and manuals, application kits, guidelines, IT systems and web pages are completed.

For a complete list of the changes that were introduced on June 19, 2017, please see PwC Law LLP’s client alert here: 

http://immigrationblog.ca.pwc.com/blog/canada-immigration-news/canada-changes-to-the-citizenship-act-as-a-result-of-bill-c-6

The changes which were published by the Canada Gazette today include:

–  The tax filing requirement for those applicants required to do so under the Income Tax Act, have changed from four taxation years in a period of six years to three taxation years in a period of five years to match the proposed change to the physical presence requirement.

–  Applicants are no longer required to be physically present in Canada for 183 days in the 4 out of 6 years preceding their application, as this provision has been repealed. The subparagraph outlining the requirement to provide evidence of this requirement will be removed.

 –  The age range for those applicants who are required to meet the language requirements for citizenship has been amended from those between the ages of 14 and 64 years, to those who are between the ages of 18 and 54 years.

Impact

The previous, current and anticipated changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to streamline the citizenship process by simplifying and relaxing the application requirements. These changes are required in order to support the implementation of amendments to the Citizenship Act made pursuant to the Bill C-6, which will facilitate access to citizenship for qualified applicants.

Practitioners may want to revisit any ongoing citizenship applications they have, in order to determine whether applicants may be impacted by the above-referenced changes.

For more information about these changes or obtaining Canadian citizenship, please contact a member of our team at
PwC Law LLP.


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