Citizenship Act changes

Citizenship act changes

June 2017

On June 19, 2017, Bill C-6 passed Parliament. Some immediate changes include:

  • Requirement to intend to live in Canada once granted citizenship was repealed
  • Citizenship revocation provisions only applying to dual citizens were repealed
  • Minors can qualify on their own without the need to have a Canadian parent
October 2017

As of October 11, 2017, new changes include:

  • Required physical presence in Canada reduced to 3 out of 5 years
  • Days spent in Canada before becoming a permanent resident, within 5 years of applying for citizenship, count as half days (up to 365 days) towards physical presence requirements
  • Age range for language and knowledge requirements reduced to 18-54 years old
  • Time required for applicants to file income taxes before applying for citizenship is reduced to 3 out of 5 years
2017/2018

More changes to the Citizenship Act to take effect at later dates:

  • A new citizenship revocation process with the Federal Court as the decision-maker on most cases
  • Citizenship officers will be allowed to seize fraudulent or suspected fraudulent documents

For a complete list of changes made to the Citizenship Act and when they take effect, please read the Bill C-6 Backgrounder

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