Today, I am proud to see that our government is implementing changes to the Citizenship act resulting from Bill C-6. These changes will remove the barriers that the previously Conservative Government’s Bill C-24 created for permanent residents. The following changes will come into effect on October 11, 2017:
- Reducing the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship from four out of six years to three out of five years.
- Amending the age range for applicants to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship from 14 to 64 years to 18 to 54 years.
- Counting some of the time applicants spend in Canada as temporary residents or protected persons toward their physical presence requirements for citizenship. Each day an applicant was physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person can be counted as half a day towards meeting their physical presence requirements for citizenship, up to a maximum of 365 days within five years before applying for citizenship.
- Reducing the time required for applicants to file income taxes before applying for citizenship from four out of six years to three out of five years, to align with the physical presence requirements.