Changes to Canadian Citizenship
Before the changes, no days before becoming Permanent Resident counted for getting the Citizenship. Now, each day as a Temporary Resident or protected person can count as a half-day to meet the physical presence requirement for Citizenship. This is valid up to a maximum credit of 365 days and is valid for Work or Study status.
It means that if the person stayed in Canada for a whole year before becoming Permanent Resident, a half-year will count for physical presence requirement for Citizenship. That, for sure, can reduce the time spent in Canada before becoming eligible for Citizenship, making the whole process faster.
Also, in the previous regulation, applicants had to stay in Canada for 1,460 days (four years) in a six-year period as Permanent Resident, before applying for Citizenship. Now, the government requires only 1,095 days (three years) over a five-year period before becoming eligible for Citizenship. In addition, Citizenship applicants will no longer need to be physically present in Canada for 183 days or more in four out of the six years preceding the application.
Find below the big changes to the Citizenship Act that will come into effect on 11th October:
How Canadian Citizenship changes effective your life?
Besides the opportunity to live in a high-standard country such as Canada, Canadian citizens have lots of benefits. Canadian citizens can apply for the Canadian passport and travel abroad with one of the most valuable passports worldwide. In addition, citizens don’t have to worry about leaving and re-entering Canada to keep the status as Permanent Residents have to do. Also, citizens can be actively part of a great democracy such as Canada, voting, and standing for a political career.
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