Finally, the Senate approved the citizenship bill after a long delay it about a year. It is expected the new changes to the Citizenship Act will be enacted on Canada Day, July 1.
The significant change is to reduce the amount of time permanent residents have to live in Canada to apply for citizenship, from 4 out of 6 years to 3 out 5 years. Furthermore, temporary residents like international students and temporary workers in Canada would be able to count half of the duration they spent in Canada towards the three-year requirement.
This means that obtaining the Canadian citizenship will be the fastest among the countries who grant the citizenship through residency programs. It is expected that the new Citizenship Act will make Canada again the favorite destination for new immigrants.
Another change would allow minors to apply for citizenship without assistance from their parents. Under the current Citizenship Act, children can be only part of the parents’ application, and their citizenship application will be judged based on their parents’ eligibility only.
The controversial part of the new citizenship act is to repeal the provision that allows the government to revoke the citizenship from dual Canadian citizens convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage.