Canada’s federal government said number of people becoming Canadian citizens has increased to nearing to 40% since major changes were implemented to meet the requirements.
Figures reveal an estimated 152,000 will be receiving Canadian Citizenship by the end of October this year after important changes were introduced through Bill C-6 which came into force in the month of October last year. During the same period last year, nearing to 108,000 people were granted citizenship.
The foremost change implemented by Ottawa was to reduce the physical presence requirement for Canada Permanent Residents to obtain a Canada citizenship. Earlier the requirement was 4 years out of the previous 6 years and now they need 3 years out of the previous 5 years
The Changes to the Canadian Citizenship included reducing the age range for applicants who are required to meet both knowledge as well as the language requirement.
Further changes enable the applicants to take into account those days spent as temporary residents as well as protected persons in Canada as half days (up to 1 year) towards their physical presence requirement.
The individuals applying for citizenship have more than doubled, between October 2017 and June 2018, nearing to 242,680 citizenship applications was received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. During the same period last year, about 102,261 applications were filed.
The IRCC stated that processing times for routine citizenship applications were less than a year.
To mark the Citizenship week, the figures were released, which runs from October 8th to October 14th.
Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister stated the increase in numbers were a direct result of changes in the Citizenship Act.
He further added, the government has made significant changes to the Citizenship Act, under Bill C-6, to offer those who desire to become Canadian Citizens having greater flexibility to meet the eligibility criteria. After one year, we are able to notice the difference these changes are making.
With the introduction of Bill C-6 a swathe of changes was introduced to the Citizenship Act. These changes were implemented in three batches from when it was offered royal assent, in the month of June, for the year 2017.
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