5 great changes to the Citizenship Act (Bill C-6)

Canada’s Citizenship Act was the subject of much polemic when bill C-24 was introduced in 2014, lengthening the time required for permanent residents before they could apply for citizenship and introducing controversial rules about dual citizenship and the right to revoke citizenship. As of June 19 2017, Bill C-6 received Royal Assent and will bring many beneficial changes to the Citizenship Act and the way new Canadians experience their citizenship rights. Here are 5 we are especially excited about:

  1. Applicants must be physically present in Canada for three out of five years before applying for citizenship. (Instead of 4 years.)
  2. Temporary residents (students, workers, refugee claimants) can accumulate their days in Canada for citizenship. Each day will count as half-day for up to 365 days.
  3. Dual citizens living in Canada who are convicted of treason, spying and terrorism offences will no longer have their citizenship automatically revoked. They will face the Canadian justice system, like other Canadian citizens who break the law.
  4. Applicants are no longer required to intend to continue to live in Canada once granted citizenship. This is very helpful for people who must work abroad or have separated families living outside Canada, for example.
  5. The Federal Court is the decision-maker in all revocation cases, unless the individual requests that the Minister make the decision.

For a complete list of changes: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2017/06/bill_c-6_receivesroyalassent0.html